From Pits to Triumphs

In my previous blog, I talked about removing the pits (challenges) from our bowl of cherries (our life). There are many books about this subject, but I have listed my two favorites.

The best book to address this issue of rising above cultural, physical, or family limitations is Johnathon Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach. The most important lessons Jonathon learned are:

  1. Be all you can be. Do not let imposed limitations stop you, but puruse to be the person you want to be.
  2. Pursue your passion even though it might cause separation from family, friends, or a familiar environment.
  3. Help others to be the people they want to be.

Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl is a biography about his life in a concentration camp and how he endured, survived, and learned from that experience. His message in simple terms is a person gets what he focuses on.

If you have never read these books, I encourage you to do so. They will help remove the pits at the same time you have the opporunity to learn from them.

A favorite saying is titled the 3 C’s: You must make the choice, to take a chance, or your life will never change.


This popular phrase means that life is sweet and simple, but is it? Irma Bombeck pointed out in her book that a bowl of cherries might have a pit or two. Cherries are indeed sweet when fully ripened, but some can be sour.

Going back to my life’s quilt on the previous blog, there were pits in each patch. The biggest pit was the diagnosis of ovarian cancer, but it has turned out to bring amazing rewards and growth. Yes, cancer can have its positivity IF you choose to learn from it, help others, and be a role model for family and friends on how to face adversity.

Being a parent has many rewards, some heartbreaks, and it challenges one’s patience, understanding, and coping abilities. Parenting is the most difficult and most rewarding role and one I would not trade for the world.

Sally Cronin wrote a wonderful book titled, Life is Like A Bowl of Cherries, Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet. I gave it 5 stars with the comment “each story will touch your heart, search your soul, and awaken your senses. 

Life is (or should be) about touching our hearts, searching our souls, and wakening our senses. The pits are opportunities to become better individuals. If your bowl of cherries has too many pits, perhaps they need to be removed by changes you can make. More about this in the next blog.