I read an article a few weeks ago about how powerful it can be to live life as a metaphor. As soon as I read the first line, I knew exactly what mine is at the moment. My life is a mountain range. One filled with peaks and valleys, cold water streams and rushing waterfalls. One where I need to put my head down at times and push through the arduous climb. At other times I need to rest and cool off at the mountain streams. Tend to my blisters. But in time, I continue slow and steady to the peak where I'm rewarded with a beautiful view of the landscape. The view may be obscured by fog, or clear for miles. Whatever the peak holds, I take it in for a while before the decent. When I'm ready, the decent brings time for reflection and fills me with pride for accomplishing the climb. But sometimes the decent can be tricky and even harder than the climb. This is my life at the moment and I smile as I think of the mountain scape. I haven't always lived life as a mountain range. At times, I have lived my life as a bad dream, a battle, a race....and I'm sure there were many less desirable metaphors in there that I was not conscious of. And my life's metaphor will surely morph into something different in the future. But what holds true is that how we view life affects how we view our world and every challenge that comes our way. When we become aware of how we perceive our life, we can then decide if it's working for us and change it if we need to. We have a choice! The key is to become aware of it.
I was speaking to someone about this the other day and we talked about all the different life metaphors one could have: An adventure, a journey, a roller coster, a garden, a mission, a party, stepping stones, a battle, a slog, a cave, a prison.....positive vs negative. This person hadn't thought about it but quickly realized they see their life as a grind. And in that instance, a light bulb went off. We both could see how this metaphor played out in their life. Pushing through life with difficulty at most every turn. Having to use force to get their point across and not having much joy in the process. They did not like this metaphor. I found it interesting to observe that in this persons moment of realization, this metaphor lost its hold and a more positive metaphor would likely take its place....eventually. Cause let's be real. These things take time! So take some time to observe your metaphors. What's working? What is not?
In a couple days, my metaphor becomes a literal one as I tackle Mont Jacque Cartier located at the Parc National de la Gaspesie. I'm pumped! Like, REALLY pumped! I get to spend a few days solo in the mountains again, climb a wicked peak and hopefully see some caribou in the process. Yeah, I'm pretty stoked! Climbing this mountain is what I need right now and I'm looking forward to what comes out the other side.
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Take care and see you on the other side!