Life is like a Box of Chocolates

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”

That’s what Forrest Gump said. And in many ways, he was right. Because unless you’re a real chocolate connoisseur, you probably don’t know what each little piece contains. Is it sugary-pink-liquid-tasting-like-strawberry in there, or is it hazelnut-and-cream? Chocolate made with fresh cream are a great delicacy in Europe, and when I was a little girl, I learned which shape held the cream chocolates, but I could never remember all the other ones. And sometimes, I was really disappointed. So I just wouldn’t finish that particular chocolate. I even at times just took a mini bite and stuck in back in the box and tried another one….

So yes, life is like a box of chocolates; some events or situations really surprise us–for the best, or not. And there are other things that happen that we kind of know what they are going to be like, or feel like, mainly because we remember others that looked or felt just the same.

But did you ever get a chocolate box that comes with a little paper description insert–you know, the one that matches a shape with a description of what’s inside each piece of chocolate.?

I used to love those inserts, because they helped me decide what I wanted, and I did not waste my bites on chocolates that did not appeal to me. I’d match my mood with a particular one and then sought it out in the box. It made chocolate picking easy; It made life easy at that moment.

box of chocolates

And life, sometimes, it’s like a box of chocolate with a paper description. I know that if I pick that white rectangular chocolate with the little ridges, I am are going to get pralines on the inside, because that’s what the paper says. And I know that certain things will happen when I follow God’s rules, and other things will happen when I choose to not. That makes life simple for me.

choc desc

But at other times, life is like a box of chocolate without that little paper insert. And you truly never know what you’re going to get. And if you don’t dare biting into it, you might get nothing at all. And if you dare to bite, it might be bitter, or too sweet, or just absolutely perfect. And that might just be worth the risk.

Forrest Gump was right. You just never know. And maybe it’s better that way.

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  1. I’m always happy when I click on a link and it leads me to your blog 🙂 I used to think I wanted to know what would happen in the future, but I’ve had a lot of really hard things. Now I’m thankful that God only gives us one day at a time, because that’s all the grace He gives me to handle it.


  2. When I reflect back on my life, I realize that I’ve never taken a straight path, it has been full of hard rights, and lefts. I never let it throw me, and went down the new path with enthusiasm! A straight line would have been boring! I found your blog on Fabulously frugal Thursdays. I blog about my adventures, please stop by and take a look…:)


  3. So many hard things we would avoid if we could, but God has used those for good in our lives and our character is better for going through those hard things, so it is good not to know and just just that God will give the strength to go through what we must. Thank you for posting this. Gentle Joy


  4. Oh, No! I hope your toe feels much, much better! You are right – nothing much sweeter than smiles from a grandbaby!!! Congratulations!

    I’m not crazy about surprises so when I get a box of chocolates now I want the identifier sheet. Today I might not like a praline, but if I wait – one day it just might be just what I need. I always felt like I lost a game when I was offered one piece – and it had, something like peanut butter in the middle. I am learning to better handle the surprises in life – wish sometimes I had an identifier sheet for it!


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