Your Life is a Metaphor


Inspiration comes to writers – and people in many other spheres of life – in many, varied and sometimes strange ways. For example, a few years ago I had a sudden insight during a sermon at church. Something that was said – I don’t remember what it was – gave me an idea for a children’s novel. Over the next few months I actually wrote that novel. It is now in the final stages of editing and will be soon ready to send off to a publisher.

New Inspiration

During today’s sermon, Daryll, our pastor, used a string of metaphors to introduce his topic. Immediately I was inspired to write a series pieces using metaphors. It’s only an idea at this stage. Not sure if these pieces of writing will be articles, stories (true or fictional), poems, devotionals, whatever.

Daryll found the list in chapter 5 of the Rick Warren book “The Purpose Driven Life.” (published by Zondervan).

Some Metaphors for Life

  • Life is a three-ring circus.
  • Life is a minefield.
  • Life is a roller coaster.
  • Life is a puzzle.
  • Life is a symphony.
  • Life is a journey.
  • Life is a dance.
  • Life is a carousel (sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down, and sometimes you just go round and round).
  • Life is a game of cards (you have to play the hand you are dealt).
  • Life is a race.
  • Life is a marathon.
  • Life is a battle.

Of course, both the author and Daryll forgot to mention my alltime favourite from none other than that great philosopher, Forrest Gump:

  • (Insert southern drawl) “My Mama always said:’Life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you are going to get.”

Actually – that last one is in fact a simile – not a metaphor. Oh well, never mind.

The point is this; inspiration for writing is all around us, in the commonplace, in those we meet everyday, in ordinary situations. We just have to open our eyes, our ears – all our senses – to the possibilities.

And that idea is far removed from the main thrust of Daryll’s sermon this morning.

Life is like a maze: just when you think you have found the way out, another interesting path opens up before you.


10 Responses to “Your Life is a Metaphor”

  1. Ruby S. says:

    These are very clever, I love poetry… just one thing, you can modify metaphors to make similies and similies to make metaphors, so it could be either or. Just take out “like” or “as” or add them.

    Ruby S.

  2. Darius says:

    I believe that life is like baking a cake. especially one that is built of my great grandmas cornbread. mmmmm tasty

  3. fff says:

    Life is like poker

  4. Trevor says:

    Thanks Dennis “Life is like poker” is similar to “Life is a pack of cards” I guess. You never know the hand you’ll get dealt.

  5. Sue Jeffrey says:

    A-maze-ing, Trevor 😉

  6. Lorne says:

    Is life itself a metaphor itself and if so what is life a metaphor of?