I’m stuck on a find the best metaphor for this blog.
1) It’s meant to put an abstract concept into concrete terms.
2) It’s meant to create familiarity.
3) It’s meant to trigger an emotion.
4) It’s meant to draw your attention. (And, perhaps persuade you to start using it in your own life).
Until today, I’ve used the word “stuck” (on a branch) to describe situations when I’ve been not mindful.
I’m curious, does “stuck” (on a branch) do it for you?
I’m specifically talking about the word “stuck”.
Can you relate to it?
Does it describe the situations that you get into when you are not mindful?
Take a look at this picture:
When you are:
even any positive emotion like
Do you feel stuck?
To me, and my 15-minute-blogging-Friday-friend, “stuck” isn’t the best metaphor for the image I’m trying to convey.
And, certainly in my children’s book (which I’ve returned to, to give it another go), “stuck” just doesn’t do it.
Well, when I look at the “stuck” picture above, it makes me feel like that person has no options,
no way of getting unstuck,
and certainly no choice about it.
And, that’s certainly not what I’m attempting to convey in my posts (and in my book).
Instead, “hanging onto” seems more appropriate.
Look at this guy (above).
He’s hanging onto (something).
He’s certainly not stuck.
He has a choice.
To let go.
To keep hanging.
To hang in a different way.
To climb the branch and get a different perspective of things.
To change hands and notice the effects of what hanging had on his hand.
Lots of options.
Complete freedom (if he’s aware of it).
And so, I’ve decided to change the name of my blog from:
“Stuck on a Branch” to
“Hanging Onto a Branch”.
It works much better for me,
and, I hope it may be more useful for you, too.