Live, love and laugh, and eat dessert first.

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We have a tradition at the Cooper house that goes way back.  Throughout my entire adult life, I have Eat Cakealways eaten dessert first.  My philosophy?  Life is short, eat dessert first.  We did eventually pare that down to special events such as birthdays, holidays, graduations and such, but the principle still remains the same.

Don't put off til "someday" the things in life that you would love to do.  Sometimes, someday never gets here.  When my boys were small, I wanted them to feel the sensation of flying over the open ocean.  So, we took off for St. Thomas so they could have that sensation.  When they studied Spanish, we went to Puerta Vallarta where everyone spoke Spanish.  It's the same principle.  I wanted them to experience life first hand.

Life is too short to put things off.  Do what you've always wanted to do with no regrets.  No one will care how many weekends you worked when it's all over.  They won't care how many awards you won.  They won't care that you were a top producer.  They will appreciate how you squeezed every drop out of life, and that might just turn their envy into action.  Live, love and laugh, and eat dessert first. 

 

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Jerry Newman
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Hi Mike, Just had to stop by today to wish you and your families, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May you have a wonderful Day!

December 25, 2012 08:49 AM #16
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Thank you, Jerry.  I hope you and your family have a Texas sized Christmas celebration! 

December 25, 2012 09:07 AM #17
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Great philosophy Mike.  Can't help but be curious about the palm trees on your FB page. I don't seem to remember them in northern Virginia.

December 25, 2012 10:00 AM #18
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Jay Markanich
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Never thought about eating dessert first!  I might have to try it.  That gives me opportunity to enjoy it again last...

December 25, 2012 11:10 AM #19
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My kind of tradition!!

Merry Christmas . . . and HO HO HO

December 25, 2012 11:27 AM #20
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Charita Cadenhead
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I have no problem eating desert first, last or anywhere in between.

December 25, 2012 11:40 AM #21
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The palm trees are Mimi Foster's fault.  She threatened me if I didn't put something down the sides of my blog, so I put palm trees on there.  That's my happy place.  I figured I'll see that page more than anyone else, so I put palm trees from StyThomas.  That was shot on my way to breakfast one morning. 

There you go, Jay.  Now you're thinking outside of the box. 

Absolutely, Carla.  Have a wonderful Christmas day.

Oh, I'm with you Charita.  I'm having to cut back a bit now that I'm older, but I don't like to miss it.  8=)

December 25, 2012 02:15 PM #22
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Love that tradition Mike! Hope you have a great holiday week.

December 25, 2012 03:06 PM #23
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Mike, I can just hear all the award-winning Realtors in their final moments... lying there in the hospital bed.  Can you just imagine one of them... with their very last breath saying... "Gee, I wish I had spent more time at the office?"

We may regret some of the things we have done, but in many ways we regret even more the things we wanted to do, but never got around to it.

And yes.  The older I get, the more I really DO eat dessert first.

December 25, 2012 03:45 PM #24
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Mike~ I think I've only ever had dessert first once.  I think it's great for special occassions and maybe we'll adopt that in to our future celebrations.  The important thing is to live life to its fullest!

December 25, 2012 03:48 PM #25
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Mike - What a great way to live life. Though I'm not sure I could apply it to all of my life, I think it could make a difference to apply it to different areas. Merry Christmas.
December 25, 2012 11:44 PM #26
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Morning Mike first of all congratulations on the feature.  Second that is a great and I do mean great way of looking at this thing we call life.  A house is only a temporary shelter that comes and goes.  Family is forever

December 26, 2012 02:47 AM #27
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Mike that is a great tradition. Dessert is one of my favorite parts of the meal after all. I hope you and your family had a great Christmas.

December 26, 2012 05:47 AM #28
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Somehow you may have stumbled at my life's secret recipe. .lol

I hope you had a great Christmas day. .

December 26, 2012 06:01 AM #29
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Mike- I love this! You only live once. Dessert first sounds good to me. Hope you and your family had a great Christmas!

December 26, 2012 11:03 AM #30
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I always keep room for dessert. It's the best part.

December 26, 2012 01:09 PM #31
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Live, love and laugh, and eat dessert first. 

Good thoughts to have in mind as we approach the challenges of the new year!

December 26, 2012 01:53 PM #32
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Thanks Mike, I will start following this advice, both in meals and in life.

Have a merry Christmas!

December 27, 2012 12:38 AM #33
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Thanks for all of the great comments.  I've been on the run the past two days. so I didn't get to each one individually, but I did read them all.  I hope you all have a wonderful New Year and a very prosperous 2013.

December 27, 2012 06:30 AM #34
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Mike- I may just do that.  When we're out for dinner, my eyes always go to the Dessert section first but I never have room for it.  Your children are very fortunate.

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