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Life is a Garden Maze

Filed under: Motivation — by Glenda at 3:16 pm on Friday, August 8, 2008

Garden maze in the Netherlands
(Photo credit: weetabix)

In his “What I Learned From…” group writing project for August, Robert Hruzek asks us to share our metaphor for life.

Life is a garden maze immediately came to mind.

Imagine a garden maze with hedges too tall to see over. There is no way of knowing what lays ahead until you are actually there, and then face the decision of turning left or right, again without knowing what is around the corner. Some paths are one-way; there’s no turning back. Others permit an about-face. Any plans for reaching the end goal can be thwarted by taking the wrong turn. That is life!

To keep the experience interesting, the occasional tennis ball is lobbed out of nowhere, aimed straight for you – a parent’s divorce, a job loss, a spouse’s illness – and you must continue along the maze while dealing with these flying balls. However, sometimes a ball is good – an unexpected opportunity or a huge windfall (hey, it still could happen!). When you least expect it and at the most inopportune, a ball can force you to completely change directions within the maze.

The manner in which you navigate the maze is solely your choice: timidly and fearful of what is around the next corner; confidently yet impatient to get to the next juncture; calmly, taking time to enjoy the scenery along the way.

Personally, I am in no rush to reach the exit. I’d like to experience as much of the garden as I can before spotting the out sign. For now, I am enjoying where I am in life’s maze and will venture around the next corner in due time.

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12 Comments »

Comment by Amanda

August 9, 2008 @ 1:12 am

What a fantastic metaphor – I love it!! Thanks for sharing :o )

Comment by LIllie Ammann

August 9, 2008 @ 9:59 am

Glenda,
A maze is a great metaphor for life. I enjoyed your contribution to the group writing project.

Comment by Joanna Young

August 9, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

Great metaphor Glenda, and very reassuring during those times when you fear you have no idea where you’re going!

Comment by Al at 7P

August 10, 2008 @ 8:19 am

Inded a great metaphor! I was so engrossed with maneuvering around the maze that I forgot that we were in a beautiful garden all along.

Comment by Karen Putz / DeafMom

August 11, 2008 @ 7:00 am

Love this! Sometimes I get stuck in a hamster wheel in the middle of the maze– gotta learn to get off and keep moving through the maze. :)

Comment by Ulla Hennig

August 11, 2008 @ 10:14 am

What a great metaphor! I especially liked “the occasional tennis ball lobbed out of nowhere” – how true! And then this
“The manner in which you navigate the maze is solely your choice: timidly and fearful of what is around the next corner; confidently yet impatient to get to the next juncture; calmly, taking time to enjoy the scenery along the way.” I’d like to have that printed out and hung across my bed – just to look at it every morning when I wake up!

Comment by Gregory

May 4, 2009 @ 8:00 am

Nice writing style. I just loved this article. Life indeed is a garden maze! :0)

- Gregory

Comment by Ivee

August 8, 2010 @ 2:01 am

Glenda
You are so right! Love your metaphor. Now if only there were maps available. That would make navigating the maze easier. Maps exist, don’t they?

Comment by Glenda

August 8, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

Maps? Nah, that makes navigating the maze all the more interesting!

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