Do You Dare to Pick a Strawberry?

Have you ever felt like there was a time when you were surrounded by several exciting possibilities and then suddenly they were all gone? When we are young we tend to look at life as a big smorgasbord filled with different delicacies. But then time passes and all that is left are the liver sausages and 2 warm sodas.

Well at least that is how I feel sometimes. And I remember this story I heard as a kid about how life is not like a smorgasbord but more like sitting in an apple tree.

Apples and Opportunities

Life can be compared to sitting in a beautiful apple tree. When you get up there you enjoy the view of all the beautiful apples that surround you.

Every single apple represents an opportunity in your life. You have to pick one and the big question is: Which apple do you want. Nothing happens until you make a decision.

Nothing happens until you make a decision

Falling out of Reach
I find it so hard to choose an apple. Instead I just sit there in my tree and watch all the opportunities and dream of how wonderful each and every one of them could be. The result is that time passes and one by one the apples gets ripe and falls of the tree and out of my reach.

At this time spring is long gone. Summer is over and now it is fall. Many of the apples have fallen from the tree and I have lost so many opportunities: Now I have to take the only apple that is left on the tree. No matter if I wanted that one or not.

Have the Courage to Make Decisions

The point of the story is this. Have the courage to make a choice. When you sit in that tree it really doesn’t matter which apple you take. Remember all of the apples represent an opportunity. Take the risk and make a decision. Don’t spend all your life living in a tree.

The Power of the Apple

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. There lies true power in making decisions as long as it is closely followed by action.

The hardest thing is often making the decision – like picking the apple – once you have done that the rest is easy.

If you do not do this – then life will choose for you. And that might not be the apple you want.


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