Life is Like a Box of Chocolates – Taking Time to Breathe in the Midst of Life’s Chaos

January 11, 2017 — 6 Comments

“Life is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Forest Gump

Life has been full of twists, turns, and surprises lately.

I’m grateful for what I’ve been experiencing (for the most part), but I’m also a bit overwhelmed.  I think life has a way of doing this to us sometimes.  We have all kinds of brilliant ideas.  We somehow think we can do it all.  We make plans, and God laughs.

I’ve been going 100 mph (miles per hour), and it feels as thought I need to find time to take a breath.  

Not just a quick breath, but a deep breath.  One of those breaths you take when you walk outside on a crisp, sunny morning and you just want to take it all into your lungs and into your very being.  That’s the kind of breath I need.

We’re eleven days into the new year.  I refuse to give up on my goals for 2017, but I must remember to pace myself.  I must remember to stop and smell the roses – to stop and enjoy the moment – to pause and breathe.

I don’t know what you are experiencing right now, but I want to encourage you to take a few moments in your day to join me.

My word for 2017 is PRESENT.

In order for me to be truly present, I must learn to be still – to listen – to breathe.

“Be still and know that I am God…”

Psalm 46:10

By the way, I can’t eat chocolate.  Oh well.

How is life treating you these days?  Share your thoughts in the comments.

Jon Stolpe


Christ-follower, husband, dad, engineer, manager, runner, blogger, sax player, group life fan, freelance writer, and the list goes on...
  • Timely post Jon. Between work, family, trying to get a bathroom back together (right now, bare joists ready to put plywood down), and creative work, I have days like this. Thanks for the reminder to just breathe. It doesn’t often just happen unless we create time to breathe.

    • I sometimes catch myself actually holding my breath or failing to fully breathe when I am overly focused on something. I’m wondering if this is why yoga has become more and more popular in our culture. If I understand this “sport” correctly, I think it helps teach you to breathe more correctly. Maybe I need to give it a try sometime.

  • Great word for the year Jon, I am interested to see what you implement to slowdown from 100 MPH

    • I’m interested to see what I implement to slowdown as well.

      Actually, I do have something in the works, but I’m not quite ready to share it yet. If things go as planned, I’ll have a brief period of acceleration followed by a prolonged period of life at slower speed (maybe 95 mph). 🙂

  • It’s been a challenging new year so far but I’m optimistic about what I will do and become. I’m learning to learn and be thankful through life’s ups and downs.