Chocolate Box – Choices
Life is like a box of chocolates … ya never know what you’re gonna get.
So said Forrest Gump’s Momma. The chocolate box is filled with many choices. We get to choose. But what is inside of each chocolate is a surprise. We don’t make our choice with certainty. There is risk – maybe I’ll get my favorite chocolate? … or maybe I’ll get one I don’t like?
Of course experience gives us knowledge. Hints. A yellow decorative stripe could mean a lemon filling. And red stripe might mean a berry flavor. And when there are nuts inside they often give themselves away by size and shape.
Momma Gump knew that life was a mystery and not always easily explained.
Especially to a child. The life is like a box of chocolates metaphor is similar to God works in mysterious ways or life is a mystery. To a child – or any person facing a difficult life challenge – accepting what can’t be fully understood is comforting.
Steve uses the chocolate box as a symbol for the choices we make and the consequences of our choices.
Life is like a box of chocolates … and you get to choose whatever chocolate you want. You get to choose the life you want.
With choice comes responsibility. Personal responsibility. It takes Gumption to be fully responsible for the choices we make in life. We have the power to choose. But only if we’re willing to take 100% responsibility for our choices.
Life is a mystery. Life is uncertain. Life is like a box of chocolates … but …