Life is Like a Box of Chocolates?

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates?

Have you ever wondered why they even use the saying life is like a box of chocolates?  Think about it? You take a bite of a piece of chocolate.  You don’t really care for it.  So what do you do?  You throw it in the trash!  So are we  saying its OK to take something we don’t like and throw it away? 

Maybe someone hurt you; your spouse isn’t meeting your needs, or maybe you haven’t been your best.  Do we just throw them out?  Sometimes in life we bite into things that look good and as you get a taste, it begins to change.  So seriously, why is life like a box of chocolates?

I get it we never know what we are really getting, but with chocolate we can just throw it out.  With people, experiences, and situations, you can’t always throw them out.


Lets talk marriage…..(now that’s a big box of chocolates).  The first few pieces are amazing and you cant get enough.  Then, life happens, and your pieces aren’t as amazing.  So what do you do?  Eat them with a grimace on your face?  What happens when you get to that piece you really dislike? 

Lets be real.  We are going to dislike things about our spouse.  But do we just pitch the last few years because of one piece? NO, we learn to work through it and eventually that one piece of chocolate (habit) we don’t like isn’t so bad.  We find a way to enjoy it or we figure out as a couple a way to make it taste better for both.

I’m not saying that if you are in an abusive, or unhealthy relationship, that you continue to “eat” the chocolate.  Just put the lid back on the box of chocolates and move on.

Extra Nutty

What about friendships?  Talk about a box of chocolates, with extra nuts!  Probably one of the most challenging areas for women, is learning to enjoy those friendships for who they are, and not for who WE want them to be.  I am by no means saying that you have to be friends with everyone, but we don’t have to be mean.  And just because you don’t sync, you don’t have to throw them away.  Place that piece of chocolate back in the box because someone else may really like that one.

So what happens when we take a chance?  We bite into one that is more then we can handle?  Do you throw the opportunity away?  Do you eat that piece slowly and take your time?  It is possible that piece may start to grow on you. That nougat inside the chocolate you always hated actually tastes amazing, and now the best piece you ever ate.

Life is Sweet

Life is so much more than a box of chocolates; and though many times we bite into a piece we don’t like, our first thought is to throw it away.  What if you gave that little piece a little time to grow on you?  You truly never know what some one, or something, might do for you. 

Inside each of those chocolates holds something unique, special, and utterly amazing.  We don’t have to like them all but learning to enjoy them and swallowing the good with the bad is so much sweeter than throwing an entire box of rich sweet chocolates in the trash.  You never know, you may end up eating the entire box of chocolates with a smile on your face.

Colleen Knese

Colleen was born and raised in Southern California. At the age of 19 she lost her Mom to cancer. Her life was turned upside down. She met her husband Albert while he was stationed at Camp Pendleton in the Marine Corps. They moved to Missouri in 2000 and began their life. They now live on a 190 acre farm in a small town with their two amazing children. They have been together 20 years and married 16. Colleen grew up showing horse and to this day they are a big part of her family life! Currently she works at her children’s school as a secretary and love that they get to be together on a daily basis. In her spare time you will find her doing daily chores on the farm as well as competing in Rodeo as a family. She loves DIY projects, reading, and journaling and has a slight addiction to coffee! Her life is a journey and she's continuing to grow and learn and is so excited to be a part of this amazing group! When she was in high school, her dream was to be a reporter/journalist but life happened and God had other plans!

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    Patricia Ferry

    Fantastic first column. Life is a beautiful box of chocolates and from what I’ve discovered is that as you go thru box after box, chocolate quality differs from that first bite (Hershey bar) to my more mature self (80% cacao with the occasional nut) and I would have never gotten to where I am today …. so watch out future!! Looking forward to your next column.

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    Mary McKeever

    Excellent read!! Thank your husband for his service Semper Fi!! I always enjoy your pics of family and your animals!!!

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    Audrey Knese

    I love your post mom

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      Audrey Knese

      Your the best

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