by Wendy Strgar June 01, 2010
Ethel Merman belted out this song in 1931 and made history with lyrics that are as true today as when they were first sung. It is a great reminder to take life as one takes the cherry season, which is just upon us.The sweet and succulent little fruits that teach many a child that there is a pit to find, and that it takes the work of red sticky fingers to fully enjoy the dark meat of the fruit. Cherries and early summer are part of the same memory and each year’s first taste brings me back to the little girl who always had cherry drippings on every shirt. It was a small price to pay for the arduous work of the pit extraction.
Lately, I am traveling in a new terrain. I have crossed some invisible border in my work life and I am on the side of possibility and promise. It would seem to the onlookers that the transition to a viable business model has happened all around me. Certainly being witnessed and accepted by a community of respected peers is transformational and is the most rewarding part of achieving success. Yet the part that continues to catch me off guard is the life changing inside of me. The mystery of letting go the serious and to whatever degree possible, the tangible rewards in life that like seasonal fruit, come and go, opens to a huge green field beyond winning and losing.
Summer fruit is a good metaphor for most of life’s endeavors. Much as we would like to believe our work and efforts will withstand the test of time, as the song says even the strongest oak must fall. The sweet things in life, like who we love and who loved us back and the first cherry of every year, these are the treasures we are loaned and that make life the bowl of cherries that it is.
As I learn the remarkable feat of living the life I have always imagined, I hope I remember this song and through the inevitable ups and downs find it easier and easier to laugh at it all.
by Wendy Strgar May 17, 2018
It becomes hard to trust your own thinking when nothing seems to be working. The space between how I thought it would go and how it is going seems to widen in front of my eyes. Maybe most difficult of all is how often the undesirable outcomes around us spill over into our relationships, both at home and at work. An errant comment too easily turns into an argument. I become blind to my impact on people around me, caught up in the unresolved problems surrounding me. During times like these, we often underestimate the power of the choices we make and how it can create a path back towards what’s working or down the slippery slope of self-destruction, which my husband affectionately calls “flirting with the gutter.”
Here is my short list to making it better when it isn’t working at all. Each one helps you do the next one, so start at the beginning and work your way down.
by Wendy Strgar May 03, 2018
by Wendy Strgar April 26, 2018