I sat pondering the greatness of that morsel of meat I just ate.

Day Old Bread & Doggie Bags
August 10, 2013

The waitress brought our entrees.

The meals were a work of culinary art.  Roe indulged my silly habit of taking photos of our meals.

We took a bite of our meals and immediately looked at each other.

Roe:  “This is really good.”

Smiling Daffodil:  “This is much better than the ravioli at Olive Garden.”

Roe:  “I should think so!”

I admired his plate of food—oh how I wanted to try the beef!

Smiling Daffodil:  “May I try a small piece of beef?”

Roe:  “Absolutely!”

I sliced a small piece of meat and made sure I got some of the artichoke.

Roe:  “You need more artichoke.  This is really, really good.”

Smiling Daffodil:  “No, no.  I have some.  This is enough.”

I ate the beef and artichoke.  I suspect a look of happiness came upon my face.

Smiling Daffodil:  “Roe, the beef melts in my mouth!  It’s as if the beef is letting out a sigh and is saying, ‘at last, I’m home, Smiling Daffodil!’”

I sat pondering the greatness of that morsel of meat I just ate.

I returned to eating my ravioli and watched Roe enjoy his meal.

Roe:  “This really is a meal that should be shared, Smiling Daffodil.  It’s so rich and filling.  There’s no way I can finish it.  Have this piece of beef…”

Smiling Daffodil:  “Oh no, I couldn’t Roe.  You are enjoying it as you should.  I am sure you can finish it on your own.  You don’t need my help.”

Roe:  “But Smiling Daffodil, it’s calling your name.  And it really makes me happy to see you so happy eating it.”

Smiling Daffodil:  “Oh no, I can’t Roe.  Really.  It’s yours—I know you can finish it.”

Roe continued to eat and I reached a point where I was finished with my ravioli.

Roe:  “I’ll make you a deal.  I’ll trade you this piece of meat for that ravioli.”

Smiling Daffodil:  “You want my ravioli?”

Roe:  “Not really, but if it will get you to accept the meat, yes.  Come on!  Say yes!”

I smiled and traded him a ravioli for another bite of meat which I enjoyed tremendously.

Smiling Daffodil:  “That is so good Roe!”

Roe:  “You know… I’m glad you eat.  You’d be surprised how some women order something light.  They want to give the impression that they don’t eat.  It’s very annoying.”

We finished our entrees and ordered dessert.  Despite very rich entrees we had no difficulty finishing our equally rich desserts.

The waitress brought the bill – this was an expensive restaurant and we certainly splurged on excess items like desserts.

Smiling Daffodil:  “Roe, we must split the check.  That’s a lot of money.  Really, you shouldn’t do this.”

Roe smiled.

Roe:  “Didn’t you pay last time?”

Smiling Daffodil:  “I paid for the snacks the last time.  That’s nothing.”

Roe:  “This one is on me.  I enjoyed making you happy.”

Smiling Daffodil: “Thank you Roe.”

The Dale Carnegie principle Roe used is from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living:
Create happiness for others.

The lesson in this story:  Creating happiness for someone is mutually beneficial.  As this story demonstrates, some experiences are best enjoyed with another person.  Imagine having a nice dinner by yourself and then trying to explain it to someone else a day or a week or two later.  It’s not the same.  Yet, sharing an experience with someone makes the moment all the more enjoyable for you and the other person.

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles By The Smiling Daffodil

Thank you Roe.

For those interested, go to Brio Tuscan Grille sometime and order the Artichoke Crusted Beef Medallions.  :-)

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