Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

By: Katie Austin

What movie did you think of when you first read the blog title?  Of course, one of the greatest movies of all time, Forest Gump!  If you haven’t seen it, it truly is a must see that you will enjoy from start to finish.  It is a feel good movie with memorable quotes that are timeless.

My favorite quote from the movie is about a box of chocolates.  I think Forest Gump’s momma was on to something when she told him that, “Life was like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re gonna get.”  I remember as a kid growing up, taking my time picking from the chocolate assortment.  I would search the box over, analyzing each tasty treat, trying to pick out the one with caramel in the middle.  Those were my favorite!  Sometimes I would let my brother go first so that if he picked the one with coconut, I could make a mental note as to what the chocolate looked like and where on the board it was located 🙂 Some companies provided a cheat sheet under the lid, while others left it to chance.  I remember fondly doing a little dance after finding the one I was looking for, relishing in the outcome of my decision.

“Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.” – William A. Ward

What a great quote!  No matter the decisions made or hurdles we have to overcome, plan for what you know, pray for what you don’t, move forward with a positive attitude and never give up on where you want to be in life.  We get to pick from the box of life and like some of the chocolates, some of the choices we make are better than others.  What’s important to remember is that there will always be choices.  Sometimes the choice is how we choose to accept (or not accept) a decision that was made for us.  Like baseball, sometimes life throws us a curveball, but if we are patient, sometimes the pitch is right in the sweet spot, down the middle of the plate.  We have a choice to accept the pitch thrown to us or to wait for another pitch.  We also have a choice to step into or out of the hitter’s box (life).  I say, choose to step up to the plate and know that with enough confidence, preparation and belief, you will eventually get on base.  Never give up and always know that with each forward step you take, you are closer to reaching where you want to be 🙂

What are some of your favorite quotes from the movie or in general?  Feel free to post them here so that we can lift each other up, motivating each other to keep moving forward knowing that tomorrow brings a new day 🙂

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