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October 18, 2015

sow

We frequently encounter metaphors which help us to remember certain truths or lessons. For example the metaphor of sowing the seed, letting it rest in the earth for weeks or even months, caring for the plants and then harvesting reminds us that when we start doing things we usually don’t immediately reap the success of this particular action, but will have to give it some time, invest more work and then eventually we can reap the fruits of our labour before the cycle starts again.

Similarly when I get frustrated about not being able to do something quickly enough I can remind myself of the time and effort it takes to practice a new or even a rusty piece of music on the piano. There is no point in getting frustrated, when it doesn’t work it simply means my fingers need more practice.

So what can you do to ensure that the metaphors that work for you are safely in a place where you can remember them at crucial moments?