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Like A Box of Chocolates January 21, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Mindfulness, Word Play, Writing & Writers.

IMGP1105bThe titles of magazine articles and blog posts can be misleading.

Titillating titles and teasers may grab our attention without holding it.

Great curb appeal may mask an empty shell:

Inside the vestibule, we encounter a veritable dumping ground of mish mash and pish posh with little rhyme or reason, almost as if the author tossed a bunch of unrelated thoughts into the air and allowed the hodge podge and hoi polloi to descend and settle willy nilly into disordered and discordant chaos and disarray.

Like so much falderal and fiddle dee dee.

If a post leaves me befuddled (because “the point” of the post is M.I.A.), I leave the pointless post, post haste.

Of course, the opposite also occurs.

On occasion, we stumble across a blog title so dumpy or frumpy that we lower our expectations before stepping across the threshold.

Why step inside at all?

Curiosity, perhaps. Β Or maybe the slim reed of hope that the dowdy exterior, like an oyster shell, houses a pearl of wisdom.


Sometimes, despite the gloomy interior heralded on the marquee, intrepid visitors are rewarded.

Instead of finding a warren of empty rooms, we encounter a brilliant flash of light as a veritable palace of jewels and gems opens before us.


What a delight when valuable insight awaits those who venture past a dingy signpost outside.

For a post with valuable time-saving advice, may I recommend:

Everything Must Be Paid For Twice, by David at Raptitude

Aah . . . that’s better!

“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”Β ~ Forest Gump


1. Ally Bean - January 21, 2022

Interesting article. I thought it was going to be about the supply chain and middlemen, but I was wrong. I like the idea of doing, instead of waiting to do. Engaging with what you have around you. Live in the moment, eh?

nrhatch - January 21, 2022

Often the cost to acquire something is small (like a used copy of Moby Dick for $1 at a garage sale) but its usefulness requires a large input of time to glean the author’s intent ~ e.g., Herman Melville’s classic novel will take the average reader 7 hours and 42 minutes to swim through.

And that’s before putting up the sails!

2. mybeautfulthings - January 21, 2022

I did enjoy your wordplay in this piece – mish-mash, pish-posh, hodge-podge and falderal!
Interesting point re titles, some are just the ticket and others quite misleading – the box of chocolates indeed. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - January 21, 2022

Thanks, Sally. I wrote this post awhile ago and decided to repost it today as a lead in to David’s article with its practical insights. Remembering that we pay for everything twice reminds us to remain mindful of how we choose to spend our time.

I do love to play with words . . . especially when my muse is around to amuse me. πŸ˜€

3. Val Boyko - January 21, 2022

May we all become intrepid visitors to what unfolds πŸ’›πŸ™πŸ™

nrhatch - January 21, 2022

Yes! I find that the path is clearer when I don’t attempt to drive past my headlights . . . allowing life to unfold one moment and one step at a time.

Val Boyko - January 22, 2022

Love the analogy of the headlights.. thanks Nancy πŸ’•

nrhatch - January 22, 2022

Thanks, Val. Here’s to being here now. πŸ˜€

4. Debra - January 21, 2022

I really enjoyed “Everything Must Be Paid for Twice.” I wouldn’t have been able to establish the thesis as well as the author, but it rings absolutely true. My husband and I have been talking about this very things recently, but we also recognize that at our age our “appetites” are changing, and we feel comfortable with less rather than more. I can look around at my “abundance” and say that I might have learned these lessons a little earlier. In some instances I’m now paying for things more than twice! Thanks for sharing. An excellent read!

nrhatch - January 21, 2022

Glad you enjoyed, Debra. And I concur. When asked once, “what advice would you give to your younger self?” . . . I responded, without hesitation, “BUY LESS STUFF!”

Here’s to using what we have & paying that 2nd price so that we reap the benefits anticipated from the initial purchase.

5. Kate Crimmins - January 21, 2022

Sometimes you have to, like when I had to buy a new car. I resented all the time required to learn new features but I’m sure enjoying them now.

nrhatch - January 21, 2022

That’s a great example, Kate. If we are attracted by the “bells and whistles” to make a purchase, we should learn how to ring those bells and play the whistles!

6. Behind the Story - January 21, 2022

It’s hard to write a title that’s both accurate and interesting. You never know what’s going to catch someone’s attention. The mystery in the title of David’s post intrigue’s me.

nrhatch - January 21, 2022

Catchy titles are great to reel readers in and readers are inclined to return IF the promised content actually materializes.

7. L. Marie - January 24, 2022

“Great curb appeal may mask an empty shell:” Well said! I can attest to that with some books I’ve read in the last two years.

nrhatch - January 27, 2022

Yes! Like ones where the “heroine” cries too much. πŸ˜‰

8. anotherday2paradise - February 22, 2022

What a wonderful article which certainly makes one think I’m in the process of sorting through all my stuff I never use in order to donate it to VVA. I do this several times a year, which makes me wonder why I never seem to have any more space in my closets. A total mystery. πŸ˜…

nrhatch - February 22, 2022

I know just how you feel, Sylvia. We keep donating and donating and donating . . . but we still have tons of STUFF!

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