Blooming with Success
You’ve carefully narrowed down your selections. You’ve laid them all out on the table. Which one will look the best? Which one will last the longest? Which one will bring you the most joy? How do you begin? Designing your life the way you want it is like designing a bouquet of flowers. Once you’ve made your choices, they all blend together to create something that is beautiful, though ultimately fleeting.
Vivaldi and Chocolate Cake
Nothing mends a broken heart better than a piece of Gran’s homemade chocolate cake. When I was seven years old, our cat, Leonard, ran away from home. Dad found him in the road. A car got him. Leonard always did like to take risks. We buried him in our backyard under the old oak tree, and I would visit him there every day. After we buried him, Gran whipped up her famous chocolate cake and let me lick the bowl. She said, “Gracie, you can’t live your life worrying about death because that’s no life at all.” I don’t think Leonard was worrying about death when he crossed that busy street. Gran gave me a great big hug and told me I could eat as much cake as I wanted. Dad wasn’t too happy, considering I wasn’t hungry for dinner.
April Johnson had an almost perfect life. She was a dental hygienist in Long Beach, California. Her teeth were perfectly straight, sparkling white, and her breath was always minty fresh, even in the morning. Her husband, Doug, was an electrical engineer who liked to surf on weekends and always had an even tan. They had two daughters, Sara and Sadie, and a golden retriever named Scout. The whole family, including Scout, had beautiful, sandy-colored hair that never looked unkempt. They lived in a four-bedroom house overlooking the ocean. Their lawn was always freshly mowed, and the flowers in their garden were always in bloom. They had lots of friends, plenty of money, and seemingly no worries in the world.