Question: what do you do when someone places what seems like an insurmountable obstacle in front of you? Do you try to climb over it? Squeeze round the side of it? Or just give up and back off? Or do you play with the metaphor to see if there is a solution your conscious mind hasn’t yet come up with? OK. Let’s play. What kind of obstacle is that obstacle? It is a great big boulder that has been … [Read more...] about When is an obstacle not really an obstacle?
Sometimes metaphors jump out at me. Often they come in the form of dreams, or in a turn of phrase; sometimes one can emerge from a comment overheard on a train. But my current favourite metaphor is appearing in the real world - first of all in the form of the Olympic Torch and its nightly ceremonies; then during the Diamond Jubilee - the lighting of the beacons. I wrote about this in a previous … [Read more...] about Hope is kindled by letting your light shine
On January 1, 2012 I made a rod for my own back. And just for this post, I’m not going to investigate that metaphor (although I could ask, what rod is that rod?). That rod was, in fact, the resolution that I would write one post for every day of the year. I have managed to stick to that resolution - even when I was suffering from food poisoning - and only on a couple of occasions have I … [Read more...] about The importance of making a sacred schedule
I’m on a roll now, playing with metaphors like a kid in a candy store. Except “kid in a candy store” is such a cliched metaphor I can’t believe I just wrote it. Today’s game is one you can play at home. What is your metaphor for life? Here are some examples: Life’s a bitch. Life’s a ball. Life is what you make it. Life is an adventure. Life is an uphill struggle. Life is a … [Read more...] about What’s your metaphor for life?
This is a fantastic action montage of one of the most visually stunning moments from the Lord of the Rings trilogy: the lighting of the beacons. I remember sitting in the cinema watching Return of the King with a friend and becoming overwhelmed at the sheer scale and majesty of the sequence - but also the deeper meaning of what I was seeing. In the narrative arc of the film, this represents a … [Read more...] about
There are metaphors more real than the people who walk in the street. There are images tucked away in books that live more vividly than many men and women. Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet … [Read more...] about