I love the use of metaphors to help understand where you are at with your project, career, or life.
I mentioned that I haven’t been using metaphors for the last six years as my life has taken a different direction with career and life. After posting the blog post on reflection of the Sync Leadership Residency, I decided to spoil myself with a nice cool bath as today is quite hot. While I was lying in the bathtub with Radox Muscle Soothe bubbles reflecting on the Sync Leadership Residency. It really hit me that I have been using metaphors unknowingly for the last six years.
I am listing a few of them.
Metaphor for my life: Xena, the Warrior Princess
Xena, the Warrior Princess’s journey is one of a journey, a journey from darkness into light and a journey from childhood into adulthood and a journey from enemy to heroism.
Xena is also a nickname for me as I am always constantly battling every battles known to myself and overcoming those battles to keep moving forward. Yes, Xena is also another almost solitary person although she does have her sidekick, which is Gabrielle, the Bard of Potidaea. I sure do have few sidekicks in my life. 🙂
Metaphor for circus artist: Sea
When my life is turbulent, I often find peace and calmness when practicing on aerial equipment causing the sea to become calm. When the sea is rough while doing circus work is when things don’t make sense that I must find dry land to think about the project. Eventually when the sea becomes calm, I am able to continue working on aerial equipment.
Calm sea – quiet, peace, smooth sailing, seeing across the horizon
Rough sea – changes, frustration, battles
A Metaphor that I hope to achieve
I hope to achieve the “Big Top Circus” in the future. There’s something about being part of a circus that seems magical — traveling around the country preforming and entertaining people, doing things that seem impossible to others and knowing how they all work. The circus, in many ways, is a metaphor for life — it’s crazy, unexpected, filled with a wild range of emotions.
Under the big top, you can go from laughing your head off to holding your breath in fear in just a matter of moments. As in life, the circus is filled with some odd characters, many of which have a great deal of knowledge to share if only we look a little closer. Let’s pull back the curtain on the big top and see what life lessons we can find amid the sawdust and the sparkles.
The big top circus is also about collaboration – working with the artists to deliver a show to the audience. That is something that I need to work on. Life is very much like the world under the big top — filled with the unexpected, the exciting, and the terrifying. I am looking forward to what the future holds.