Uncertainty. Is it safer at the bottom? Or safer at the top? Not even Google can tell us which path will be the best path. We endlessly weigh our options, writing lists of pros and cons, talking about would could happen and what if this or that happens, but there are no concrete answers. Why doesn’t a Magic 8 ball exist for life? Because then it would be no fun. Uncertainty is definitely unpleasant, but it allows us to be creative. There is freedom there to explore. Embrace the uncertainties! It’s uncomfortable, but can also wonderful.
How To Keep the Important Things Safe
First, he bought car insurance.
Then, he chose a suitable health insurance.
Next, it was apartment renter’s insurance.
After some time, he became a homeowner and had to upgrade to homeowner’s insurance.
When he started his business, he made sure to buy fire insurance for the building.
After expansion, he started paying for insurance for his employees.
Every time he traveled, he paid a little extra for luggage insurance, or for the off chance that he may have to change his flight schedule. He hadn’t used it ever, but having the insurance was nice.
If he traveled overseas, he bought travel insurance. Luckily he did, because a few years ago during his trip to Peru, he had gotten very sick and was hospitalized. It was food poisoning. Nothing crazy, but the hospital took care of him and made sure he stayed hydrated.
When he proposed to his wife, he insured her diamond ring.
A year later when their baby girl was born, he bought life insurance.
He started a life insurance plan for his baby girl too, because it was better to buy these things when a person was young and healthy. This way, his grandkids would be covered should something happen to his daughter. Sure, his daughter was only two months old, but it was never too early to plan for the future.
The only thing that wasn’t insured was his phone. It was less than a year old and the warranty was solid. He had planned on upgrading it before the year was up. He had that phone for 6 months when, on a trip to Hawaii, his phone fell into the beautiful blue ocean. Later, back to New Jersey, he went to his mobile service provider, where he had purchased the phone, to see what could be done. The associate there must have surely been trained in anti-customer service. After pulling up his records, showing that he had been a loyal customer of 16 years, the associate said, “We suggested that you buy our insurance, but you didn’t. That was your choice and now we can’t do anything for you.”
He ranted for a week to his wife about the injustice of it all. He was so incensed that he refused to go back to the store to purchase a replacement. That week he was phoneless, which meant more free time to stew over how rude the associate was. She listened patiently and never pointed out the fact that the associate was actually correct.
A few days later, he came home and found the new iPhone wrapped up for him, along with a lovely note from his wife. He powered it up and downloaded all of his files from the Cloud. When going through the gallery, he came across a picture of his wife on the beach in Hawaii. She looked amazing in her little black bikini, and so beautiful as she was gently helping their daughter walk towards the waves. He smiled and then went online to order a huge bouquet of peonies, her favorite flowers, to be delivered to her office.
Just a little insurance. To make sure her love would be his, forever.
Eat Your Emotions: Uncertainty - Maple Pecan BarsPrint This
- 110g (1 stick or 8 tbsp) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
- 125g (1 cup) all purpose flour
- 50g (1/4 cup) sugar
- pinch of salt
- 2 eggs, room temp
- 30g (2 tbsp) melted butter
- 150g (3/4 cup) dark brown sugar
- 100g (1/3 cup) maple syrup
- 2g (1/4 tsp) salt
- optional: 2 Tbsp bourbon
- 125g (1 cup) pecans
tips for success:
- use an 8×8 pan
- cool crust completely before adding filling on top
- when making crust, use a pastry blender, or paddle attachment on stand mixer or a food processor.
- preheat oven to 350 F.
- make the crust. blend all crust ingredients together until crumbly. press evenly into bottom of pan.
- bake crust 12 minutes. edges should be browned. remove and cool completely.
- make the filling. whisk all the filling ingredients in a bowl until homogenous. pour over crust. top with nuts.
- bake 25 minutes. check on it. the center should be set.
- cool on a rack. enjoy!