Grow Through Life Experiences

Written by Wally Amos

As I deal with the changes and transitions of my life after closing both Chip & Cookie stores in Hawaii, I am reminded of a quote by the late, Great, J. T. O’Hara, “When you are going through hell, do not stop to take pictures”.   I firmly believe the thing we must do is learn to GROW through our life experiences.  Extract the lessons and insert them into our future experiences.  We are still a work in progress.  By the way, J. T. was not famous, however, she was a lady of much wisdom and a great big heart.  We can also learn a lesson from the Quaker quote, “When you pray, move your feet.”  Leave the pity party behind and get on with your life.  BE POSITIVE REGARDLESS!!




  1. Meghan Hedge   |  Wednesday, 19 October 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I do not know if you even remember me or not but how have you been? I LOVE this “When you are going through hell, do not stop to take pictures”. I am going through a very difficult time lately and I need to remember this quote. maybe get it painted onto my bedroom wall.

  2. Cindy   |  Thursday, 20 October 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Miss seeing you read to the kids in the Kailua store – that was so nice.

  3. Julie   |  Friday, 21 October 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I am so blessed to run across this message. I really needed to read this today!!!! I also just ordered your newest book, Watermelon Credo. I have all of you other books and can’t wait to get my hands on this one. It always gives me such a lift when I read your messages.
    I first saw you at a Family Literacy Convention in Louisville, KY. You were the guest speaker and you were terrific!!! I know you also serve on their board of directors. Ever since that day I have always gotten strength from your great words of wisdom!!! You are such a inspiration!!! If only we could all be as wise as you!!!
    God Bless,
    Louisville, KY

  4. James Little   |  Saturday, 17 November 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Aloha, recalling the many happy faces at the Oahu Easter Seals Camp for children with disabilities on the north shore when you arrived to spend time with us.
    “Doc” Little who was a camp counselor trainer in the late 70′s.early 80′s.

    Thank you for the memories and the continued contribution to our Islands.

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