Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My Life Metaphor

Day 2 One Month To Live                                                                                                                         

I am still in the beginning of my journey, and I can already tell that I am going to be stretched and challenged. I have found myself analyzing everything I do and it's importance to my life. For example, I am on a break from school for the next two weeks. Which means I have a lot of free time. Next week I will be spending my extra time at my part time job earning some extra money (during school I only have time to work 2 days a week), but this week I planned spending my time resting. I have errands to run, a to-do list to scratch off, books to read, and sleep to catch up on. 

During my life group on Sunday, when we were first discussing the concepts of this journey, I immediately felt convicted about the time I spend each week catching up on my tv watching. I am so busy right now so I have already limited my tv watching to 2 shows a week. (Grey's Anatomy and The Office) I know that if I had 30 days left those shows would not be important. Yesterday and today my conviction has grown to include more things. I have been spending hours reading a series that I have already read 2x's before this (Twilight). My conviction has not been to not read it; it has been to not spend so much time reading it. My newest conviction as of this morning is a little bit harder to take in-sleeping late. I love sleep, and get excited about when I get to sleep in. Well I woke up this morning (late) and felt very guilty. I was reminded that if these were the last 30 days I would not be sleeping much at all. My point is day two is already stretching me. 

(Now on to the main point I want to share with you) The interesting thing that the study had me do yesterday is come up with a life metaphor. It had a couple of examples, but none seemed to fit so I did a google search for ideas. This is what I found:
  • A Battle - Everything is a competition or a struggle.  We are always either winning or losing.
  • A Garden - Relationships are cultivated like flowers or vegetables.  We see things as growing, flowering, producing.
  • A Mission - We believe that we have the truth and we need to convince others that our point-of-view is right. 
  • A Journey or an adventure - We travel from place to place meeting new people and exploring.
  • A Building - Starting with a solid foundation, then adding floors and rooms.
  • A Roller Coaster - Life consists of ups and downs, and we are along for the ride.
  • A Stained-glass window - full of light and colors. 
  • A Mountain Climb - Life consists of hierarchies.  We are always climbing the corporate ladder.
  • A Race - always finding the fastest route, "keeping up with the Jonses."
  • A Courtroom - Everything in life should be fair.
  • Stepping Stones - We barely get comfortable where we are before we are looking for better job or a bigger house.
  • A Prison - Feeling like we don't have choices, like others have all the power.
  • A Classroom - There are always new lessons to learn.
  • A Battery - Every encounter seems to drain energy.  We need the weekends to recharge.
I picked a classroom, because I try to find a lesson in everything. The authors suggested to find a picture that represented your metaphor and put it in different places to remind you of how you would like your outlook on life to be. What is your life metaphor?










3 comments:

Sonya said...

Cary, I love this post! I'm going to have to look a little more to tell you exactly which one I think I fall under! Is this a book that you are reading?

OceanDreams said...

I love your metaphors and good for you for limiting the TV, I do the same or just run out of time to watch some shows. Hmmm, a metaphor. I would say I am very much an ocean. Constant yet moody and mysterious at the same time. He he.

Kaz and Amy said...

I love your metaphors...I'm guilty of watching way too much tv myself...I just found your blog and love it! I'm now a follower!

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