Life is like a box of chocolates… by Marygrace Lomboy
A few nights ago, I was having trouble sleeping, so began to flip through the TV channels when I came across one of my all time favorite movies, Forrest Gump. It had been quite a while since I watched it and immediately was drawn in, again.
Watching Forrest Gump, I began to think about the famous line in the movie, “My mama always said, life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what your going to get.” Working in a hospice setting, I can’t believe just how profound and true that statement is.
Life throws us some curve balls…there is a huge difference between life and a box of chocolates. With the box of chocolates, we get to throw away the ones you don’t like and choose another one. No questions asked… In this real life we are leading – we don’t get to choose. Not every chocolate is going to end up being this decadent creamy caramel gooey chocolate favorite! Some of those chocolates can be filled with sadness, desperation, tough family times, loneliness, or dealing with the diagnosis of a terminal illness. At that moment, life is forever changed.
It will be 2 years since the death of my dear father this coming week. And yes, life has changed forever for my family. At times, life felt insecure and unpredictable. Like the box of chocolates, we had no charts, no labels and we really don’t know what is in store of us. But, there are also the sweet decadent chocolates that I’ve learned to appreciate even more as I grow in this journey of life. The shared times with family are so much more precious now, the faith we share, the laughter and joy, and remembering my Dad and keeping his memory alive within all of our lives. Love carried us through. Simple, yet so powerful.
Yes, we never do know what we are going to get, but with the bitterness is the sweet.