4 Important Life Lessons from Cherries

 

4 Life Lessons from Cherries - By Doe Zantamata

Bob Fosse wrote a song called, "Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries." 

Erma Bombeck wrote a book called, "If life is a bowl full of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?"

And you know what, they both have a point. 

Think about the 4 life lessons of cherries. 

1. If you ignore the fact or don't know there is a pit in the center and take a bite, you'll likely chip a tooth. 

We can't ignore the bad parts of life or pretend they don't exist, or else we will get hurt. 

2. If you look at what cherries are as a whole, you can focus on one part or the other; the fruit or the pits. If you focus only on the pits, or if you try to eat those, you'll be miserable chewing on them and live in pain while calling it "reality." It is reality, but only a part of reality. It is not the only thing you can choose to consume.

Don't dwell on the negatives in life. They are a part of life, but not all of life. If you dwell on them, they are all you will see and live. 

3. If you want to enjoy the cherries, you have to separate the fruit from the pit.

If you acknowledge that the negatives are a part of life, of all experiences, then you can choose to separate them off and discard them. There was work involved to get the good stuff, but it is worth it.  Enjoy it.

4. The pit isn't actually the seed. The pit is the hard shell around the seed. If you try to destroy them, then nothing will come of it. If you plant and nurture them, the hard shell will fall away and the seed inside will emerge and grow into a tree and bear fruit of its own. Not immediately, not even after a few months. But with nurturing and time, it will happen. 

If you look at your difficult experiences, you can set them down and discard them, or you can use them and grow opportunities that could not have existed without them. 

- Doe Zantamata 

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