Saturday, January 03, 2009

Exultant Monotony

This chocolate thing is incredibly satisfying to me. I just finished wrapping about 50 chocolates, some that are chocolate covered caramels to give to friends, and the others are to fulfill the charity auction item that I donated for the United Way. It's surprising how gratifying it is to see them all lined up, waiting to pass on to someone who I know will enjoy them.

As I wrap each one of them, I examine it to see how each turned out. Some have little imperfections that bug me, and then some are as perfect as can be, and I take immense pleasure in seeing them. I like the fact that these aren't your average home made chocolates too! I enjoy the monotony of the task as well, because every individual chocolate has the possibility of perfection. I'm just wired that way, and that's why I've decided to turn this passion of mine into a business.

I'm determined to have a business up and running this year. There's a lot to learn about being in a food business, but I think it will be incredibly enjoyable, and if I can make some extra money from making chocolates and giving people incredible tasting chocolates that they've never had before, or even dreamed of before, I'll be happier yet.

Chocolates for me are an exultant monotony, as G.K. Chesterton wrote: perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again,’ to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again,’ to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike: it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.


Kim said...

what a great idea!!! I hope you do! Can you figure out a way to take the calories out of chocolate or at least a lot of them and have them still taste good??

Dan said...

Alas, I don't think chocolate's worth eating unless it's full on. Though of course dark chocolate has much less calories than milk, and even less than white. It's surprising really how few calories there are in really high quality dark chocolate, and it's so satisfying you don't need much of it. So the best bet? Go dark on the chocolate front.

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