What’s Your Life Metaphor?

The idea for this blog came from a friend’s Facebook post of the following Emerson quote.  (Thank you JB!)

“People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I read that quote, it rang crystal clear true.  The way we see the world tells the world about us.  As a 6th grade Reading/Language Arts teacher I covered metaphors as I reviewed figurative language each year.  You probably remember that metaphors compare two unlike things, suggesting they have something in common.  We don’t often consciously recognize the fact that we have a life metaphor, but we all do, and it does indeed define our character.  Some of the more commonly stated metaphors for life are as follows:

  • Life is good.
  • Life is a beach.
  • Life is a bed of roses.
  • Life is a roller coaster.
  • Life is a battleground.
  • Life is a dance.
  • Life is a highway.
  • Life is a game.
  • Life is a class.
  • Life is a marathon.
  • Life is maze.
  • Life is a mystery.
  • Life is an adventure.
  • Life is a journey.
  • Life is full of surprises.
  • Life is a bitch and then you die.
  • Life is what you make it.

Humans are social beings.  In general, and excluding most toddlers, we like to share and talk about our lives, seeking community with others.  Social media sites like Facebook, and the very act I’m carrying out now – blogging, have made it so much easier to share our lives with those near and far away.  We relate stories of life happenings and comment on the tales of others.  With the pictures we post and the likes that we click on, we declare our interests and proclaim our opinions, and at the same time we advertise our philosophies.  At the end of the day, we’re confessing our character and proclaiming our life metaphor. 

I don’t know where the saying originated, but it has been said that our days will likely proceed precisely in the direction of the corners of our mouths.  The way we greet each dawn and perceive each event that occurs in our life, shapes our philosophy of life, our life metaphor.  Expect a battle and life will give you one most of the time.  Enter a tense situation with a disarming smile and soft open heart and life just may surprise you.  If we let respect precede our interactions and follow the golden rule by honoring each other as we would want to be honored, the melodies of our day-to-day lives will more often than not, tend to be pleasing music to our ears and not a cacophony of dissonance that sends us screaming, running, and seeking solace at any cost.  

No, every day is not always good, but there is absolutely something good in each day.  Yes, awful, tragic, heinous things do happen, every day, even to positive, shining-happy people .  But we always have a choice.  We can let what happens define us, destroy us, or strengthen us.  Each of us has the ability to choose our life metaphor, the way we see the world, which in turn shapes our responses to all that we experience in life. By choosing, we claim the creative license that was ours all the time, because I do believe, when it’s “ashes- to- ashes, dust- to- dust” time, our life will have been, what we made it! 

Peace and Love


This entry was posted in inspiration, joy, life, life, philosophy, spirituality, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to What’s Your Life Metaphor?

  1. Judy Rogero says:

    Awesome as usual.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s