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Metaphors of Life Journal: Frayed Around the Edges

August 7th, 2021 by Michael Dyet

Hmmm, will you keep flying even when your wings are old and worn?

Having one of those days in which you feel frayed around the edges and not up to facing the everyday challenges of life? The kind of day where you just want to pull the covers back over your head and hibernate for the day.

If you are, the butterfly photo at the head of this post may be a good visual representation of the way you feel. The difference is that you will most likely be back on your feet in a day or two. The butterfly is nearing the end of its life span and is not going to feel better tomorrow.

And yet, the butterfly was flying and doing its thing as if it was just a normal day. Butterfly lifespans are measured in weeks rather than years so they do not have the luxury of taking a day off. Every day counts when you only have a handful of them to enjoy. We can take some inspiration from this reality to apply to our own lives.

A frayed around the edges butterfly – a random act of metaphor to remind us that life is short and we need to squeeze as much out of it as we can before the clock runs down.

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