We are creatures of habit more than we usually recognize. That is why some opportunity-minded people almost always make money and others almost always do not.
Years worth of letters made their way to a large black trunk that sat in my parents’ basement in a far south suburb of Chicago where the Little Calumet River ran down the end of our street. We used fountain pens in those days, and if you’ve ever used one, you know that one drop of water is powerful enough to spread ink into an amorphous blob. So when the Little Calumet backed up into our basement, the flood destroyed my trunk and all of its contents, including all of my letters from Chris.
Until we create mental movies of actually using the specific product or services (experiencing the benefits) we do not lay down our bucks. Familiarity does not breed contempt, but an expanded comfort-zone to own the benefits offered.
Whether it’s choosing a Seminyak Dinner near me, picking your outfit for the day or accepting a promotion at work – know what YOU want, regardless of what you think others would want you to choose.
Do a Little Reading. Knowing the background of why we celebrate Halloween in the United States is really worth the little bit of effort that the research will require. It doesn’t have to be a major research project. Some simple trolling on line will bring you more than enough information to be able to talk with your kids sensibly about the origins of this holiday. Suffice it to say, lots of kids could care less about the history of the event , just bring on the candy. But you may find that knowing about Halloween and why it is celebrated helps you to de-mystify this event and recognize it for what it can be, not necessarily what it was 2,000 years ago. That will help you to enjoy Halloween right along with the little ones.
The car pulled into a driveway that was framed by a very large stucco fence and a gate that closed behind us. “This is it,” I thought. “It’s over. Our pictures will be in the newspapers as yet another shining example of Christians annihilated in the Middle East.” Andrew and I squeezed hands as if to say goodbye. Rahid said that we had “arrived,” and to get out of the car.
Alternative Halloween Experiences Because of bad behavior on the part of adults and adolescents, the safety of young trick or treaters in some communities has forced officials to ban door to door costumed fun. In other cases parents have acted to tone down neighborhood visits. In either instances many communities have developed alternative Halloween activities. In some towns, downtown merchants set aside a time frame during daylight hours to allow kids in costume to stop by with parents to pick up a candy treat. It is good PR for the stores and a safe and fun Halloween experience for kids many of whom prefer to walk around in the daylight hours anyway.
There are many other ways to keep your romance alive. Make up new ways as you go along. Discard those that no longer work and keep those that have elicited positive response. Soon, you will have mastered romancing your lady love. Don’t be surprised if she romances you back. If this happens, take what is offered and reap the benefits of your handiwork.