Spotting your favorite fruits and vegetables pop up at the market seasonally is one of my favorite aspects of grocery shopping. It's feels like a small, but thoughtful gift from nature. When I recently spotted some pretty Rainier cherries at the store, I knew I had to take some home for snacking. As I washed 'em up, it was impossible to not think about the beauty wrapped around these unique stems and I decided to snap a quick picture while the lighting was good. And then of course I started thinking about the saying "life is a bowl of cherries" (forgive me if this is beginning to sound like "If You Give a Pig a Pancake"...) and a podcast I listened to earlier that day.
From my perspective, the saying appears to be true. But, there is a caveat: there will be pits.
I started thinking about all of the pits in my life. It seems as I age, I experience, witness and am far more aware of the "pits" in my life and in the lives of others and sometimes it's difficult to not become bogged down in troubles. I suppose that's the downside of growing up (the upside: wisdom, feeling more comfortable in your own skin, having more gratitude, etc.). But when you consider the amount of fruit compared to the size of the pit, you realize there will always be more sweetness than sorrow; and that the positive aspects of life will always have the capacity to eclipse the negative aspects. You realize the goodness in your life will always be greater than that which you don't have. Your realize that you can spit out those darn pits, and then go right back to savoring the sweet fruit.
Now hurry out and grab yourself a handful of Rainiers and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
image by me