Metaphors

So I wanted to do a little something different today and share a couple metaphors I have found and use to remind myself to look for the good in things as well as to look for the whole picture of life. Often enough we get tunnel vision and forget to broaden our scopes about life, or we get weighed down and stressed, and only see the waves that are dragging us down. Find the silver lining in everything even if its super hard to find at first, it is there. So I wanted to share a couple metaphors/scenarios that help me during the rough times.

 

The Bee and the Fly-

 

I wrote a whole post on this metaphor a while back, but wanted to revisit it again. This metaphor is definitely one of my favorites. Imagine a bee and a fly… The fly is put into a room full of flowers and beauty and in all that finds the one small pile of poop. The bee on the other hand is put in a room full of poop and grossness and is able to find that one single flower in the midst of all the negativity. The mindset of the bee is to search out the good in all the bad. It is there; we sometimes just have to search a bit harder. Live with that mindset though of always looking out for the good. Don’t let the negativities take you down or overwhelm you. Start each day out with that encouraging attitude that is determined to search out the good and the positivity. Spread love and warmth and watch the ripple affect happen. Be the Bee in life and not the fly who zeros in on the garbage of life. Find that beautiful flower, that silver lining, that positivity in life.

Exercise to go with this metaphor: Start a gratitude journal and each day write down at least one thing you are thankful for.

 

The Quilt-

 

This is another one of my favorite metaphors in life. The quilt. The idea of all these beautiful pieces of colorful fabric being brought together to make one big masterpiece. We are all quilts! We need each little piece, each stitch in the fabric, etc. to make us who we are. We are all made up of beautiful stories and unique characteristics. No quilt is exactly the same, there will always be differences and that’s the same with each of us. No one is exactly the same… Our experiences are what make who we are today. Those colorful pieces of fabric are our experiences and stories that shape us. The stitches are the love and dedication in life that bring us together. We need to view ourselves not as some random person full of different parts and stories, but as a quilt and all those experiences make up a bigger masterpiece that is us!

Exercise to go with this metaphor: Go to a quilt show or try to see if you can find a quilt to look at in person and look at all the little unique pieces and stitches and then step back to look at the beautiful bigger picture on the quilt!

 

The Highway/The Detour-

 

Imagine life as a highway. Now imagine the world and society has paved and made one big highway and EVERYONE is on it. The end goal is being successful in the world’s eyes. Being rich, famous, influential, etc….. The traffic jams are TERRIBLE, the tunnel vision is rampant, and the billboards clutter up the skyline with all the things you need to buy to be “happy”. Now imagine that little detour sign and you take it…. It opens up into a beautiful road free of all the hustle and bustle. The destination isn’t fixed and you get to decide where you want to end up. The journey is the most exciting part, because the scenery is stunning all around you. Take it in and enjoy it, soak it all in and let it light your soul on fire. Find that detour in life; avoid that fast paced highway that screams out material happiness. Life happens for real when we find that detour, get off the main road, and enjoy the ride of life with all the unexpected surprises and blessings along the way!

Exercise to go with this metaphor: Take a hike! Drive a bit farther than you would and go explore a new part of nature far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

The Canvas-

 

We are all pieces of art. This metaphor goes very well with the quilt metaphor to me. All the aspects that make up one beautiful masterpiece. We are often drawn to gorgeous, bright, and vibrant pieces of art. Colors splashed all over, lively and full of soul. That is how each one of us is! Every experience, every little moment, every characteristic makes up a bigger picture. Each splash of color in our life adds up to a huge masterpiece in the end. So live life boldly and do whatever sets your heart and soul on fire to make your masterpiece and canvas so incredibly beautiful and unique! Live life with excitement and purpose. Each aspect will line up I promise you. Xo

Exercise to go with this metaphor: Do some art! Draw or paint, but make a picture that is very colorful. Play some happy music and just enjoy making art!

 

 

These are just a few of my favorite metaphors. Thinking about the beauty of life and trying to cultivate that beauty in myself and all around me really excites me. We have to live life boldly and unapologetically ourselves. Don’t ever apologize for your differences. Take however much time you need and whatever path you need through life as well. Blossom and grow and be passionate about whatever you want to be passionate about!!!

 

Which metaphor stood out the most to you? AND do you have any metaphors of your own that you love and that get you through some of the bumpy times and/or inspire you!? If you do I would love to hear about them.

 

Photo by Stephan Bullard

25 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for this post as we all live as metaphors in life.

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    1. mjaquette says:

      We so do!! Thank youuuu

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  2. I absolutely love this post. Such beautiful and wise metaphors!

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Aw thank you so much!!

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  3. Radi says:

    Very inspiring and lovely read. I do enjoy being out and getting away from the city… hiking is my favorite.

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Thank you so much for reading!

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  4. Really enjoyed this post, Mikaela! Honestly, I had never heard of the bee and fly metaphor before. I like it. Makes so much sense. I also love metaphors when I’m writing; although I probably mix them up which I am not sure I’m suppose to be doing. 🙂 I love your quilt metaphor. It’s perfect to reference the beauty of diversity or the combining of different elements. I like this type of post. I had not encountered it before. I hope you do more.

    Roger

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Thank you so much!!! Yes I’m already compiling a list for part two!!! 🙂 thank you for reading!

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  5. I love the canvas metaphor! It’s such a lovely way to look at us all!

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Right!? It’s so beautiful xoxoxo

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  6. monicavaklinova says:

    Ah, that was such an interesting read. I loved the one about the bee and the one with the different road to take. I guess they both are like mantras for me to follow. Thank you for the inspiration you gave me! It is definitely something to think about. 💗

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Yessss thank you for reading! Xoxoxo

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  7. I absolutely loved the metaphor of the fly! It really opened my eyes and made me think about it. It is true, we should always try to find positivity in our day, even when everything is going wrong. This was a really inspirational post!

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Yes we do!!! Thank you for reading xoxoxo

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  8. Wow, Mik! This was such a wonderful read. (And yay, I figured out how to comment)

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  9. laurabooksandblogs says:

    I love metaphors and their ability to put things into perspective. Sometimes we get stuck in our own heads and can’t pull ourselves out. So, it helps to have these methods to get us out of that mindset. Thanks!

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Yes I so agree!! Thank you for reading! Xoxoxo

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  10. Chocoviv says:

    Interesting metaphors!

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  11. Frank Dalziel says:

    Mikaela: I first saw you on IG and have been impressed by your writing. I really love “Metaphors” and am so impressed not only with your beauty, but with the lovely person writing this blog; you are so inspiring! I’ve read several of your blogs and felt I needed to reach out and thank you for producing such lovely and thought-provoking work. You are obviously a fantastic lady! Take care, Frank

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Oh wow thank you so much frank!! You are so kind. That means so much to me. All the best to you! Xoxoxo

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  12. Frank D says:

    Hi Mikaela: Haha; me again! I read your interview earlier today and had to come back to your blog to explore and of course opened “Metaphors” again. The entire piece is certainly one of my favourites; and within I identify most with quilts. I did your exercise and went to a quilt show earlier this year. The fabrics, threads, stitches, and pure artistry in those quilts was simply amazing. And though there were lots of quilts, each of them was so different! Like us! You are so incredibly perceptive. I just love your thoughts and the way you write and describe different thoughts and feelings that you have! A similar statement could be made about all of your metaphors! For me, reading your blogs really helps me to see the really wonderful and special things in life. The best way to describe this is that I’ve been blind, and hearing your descriptions of metaphors is helping to open my eyes and pick out the beautiful things in life; things that many of us just don’t see. My heart is filled with wonderful thoughts again as I read this and see the world through your big beautiful blue eyes. I need to learn to be more like you and your bee! Thanks Mikaela! This is such a lovely way to see the world. I’m so glad you thought of it! xoxoxo

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Aw wow frank thank you so much for such an incredible comment!! You are incredible’

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  13. Frank Dalziel says:

    Awwww. Thanks Mikaela. I’m really just reacting to your beautiful thoughts! Seeing the world through your eyes brings back the joy of life! Take care, Frank

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