Today I listened to an interview in which it was suggested that we look inward for the metaphor of who we are and what we do in the world… what’s going on in our life.
My metaphor popped up instantly.
I am a conch shell.
A conch shell may be empty
but it once was a full, living, breathing creature.
It has been deep in the sea and
it has drifted in the shallows.
Its inner surface has become smooth and shiny and beautiful
from its body reaching out
over and over again
in order to move through the sea.
It has churned in the surf,
Scratched and cracked,
but it still has value, and now, a new role.
Although its core has been removed
(the food, the conch)
it has begun a new life.
Even when it’s damaged,
with its tip broken off,
it can be sounded like a horn.
Now it’s the voice of a musical instrument,
or a reminder to look up and listen for the message.
As an empty shell,
it can be held to someone’s ear
where the sound gets reflected back.
It still has something to contribute.
The shell will never be completely empty
as long as it can reflect back
someone else’s beauty,
of where it once was,
and what it took to get here.
What’s your metaphor?