Teacher: What is life to you?
Student: Life is a test
Teacher: If life is a test, does that mean that you could flunk? Can you cheat? What do you have to do to pass the test? Can you get an A on the test?
Student: What if I said that life is a game?
Teacher: If life is a game, is it a game that is fun to play? Does that mean there are winners and losers? Do you have the skill to be a winner?
Student: What if I said life is sacred?
Teacher: If life is sacred, does that mean you have reverence for life?
Student: What if I said life is a gift?
Teacher: Would that mean life is offering pleasant surprises? My point for asking this question is to point out the power of metaphors. Metaphors paint pictures in your mind. Pictures cause you to react to life according to the painted picture. We are expanded by empowering metaphors. We are contracted by disempowering metaphors. Changing one metaphor can change the way you look at your life. Pay attention to your metaphors – do they give you wings to soar or clamp you in chains?