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March 14th, 2006


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01:15 pm - Hands, a metaphor for life
I like extended metaphors, okay? :-)



I was looking at my hands today, and suddenly realized that they make an extremely good metaphor for my life.

I have three or four minor cuts from working with file folders every day: that's the same as the little pains or discomforts or hurts we receive every day, just by living in such a sharp-edged world. Most of them are minor, and they may sting for a while, but they heal.

Some leave faint pink scars like the one on my fourth finger, which fade after a few weeks, just like the words that someone spoke in anger and apologized for. It hurt, but we know they didn't mean it, and soon such a minor scar disappears.

There are a few old scars: a raised bit of skin on my right thumb from a scrape, a tiny knot of scar tissue in the palm of my left hand from a bad fall when I was about 9. Some things heal over, but leave their marks on us. A loss, a betrayal, a bad accident, a truly hateful act towards us (or by us).

Then there are the hurts I remember, but which could never be proved from my hands as they are now: yanking my left index finger from under a 50 lb. bucket of grain (the cuticle is perfect now), slamming that same finger in a heavy door (it took months for fine sensation to return, you'd never know), or slicing a fingertip with a bagel knife (there was a scar for a while--it's vanished). Hurts that were bad, and took time to heal, but healed so cleanly it's easy to forget they ever happened.

My hands are dry, not as soft as they could be, but strong and skilled, and even with their few scars, still beautiful. Others are not so lucky, like my coworkers with arthritis, or carpel tunnel syndrome. Sometimes you get far more damage working in this world that just a few folder cuts.

I'm blessed to have experienced both pain and healing, and blessed beyond words that health and strength has been my lot in life so far. That I can use this life, as I use my hands, to write and cook and clean, to work and speak, to reach out, and to give.

Anyway--that's my metaphor for today. :-)

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From:jd3000
Date:March 14th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
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It's an excellent metaphor. Hands are the tools by which we best interact with the universe, arguably, when given direction with the eyes and the mind, the finest tools ever designed.

It's been years and my own scar hasn't faded yet, but on the bright side my left middle fingertip looks pretty mean and no one messes with him. :-D

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 14th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
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It's an excellent metaphor. Hands are the tools by which we best interact with the universe, arguably, when given direction with the eyes and the mind, the finest tools ever designed.

Why thank you. :-) And I most certainly agree. Hands are amazing things.

It's been years and my own scar hasn't faded yet, but on the bright side my left middle fingertip looks pretty mean and no one messes with him. :-D

Bwah! I suddenly had the image of your finger flipping someone off all by itself, scowling furiously. *facepalm*
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From:whitemartyr
Date:March 14th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Hmm wow Sarah is contemplative today!! I'm not sure what my hands say about me...other than the fact that I have some burns from working as a Barista. LOL...no I dunno...but I like your personal metaphor. It's neat. And you do have nice hands. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 14th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
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Hmm wow Sarah is contemplative today!!

Um, yes, I suppose I am, huh? :-) Hey, good place to be in, really. I like coming up with things like this, especially when they kind of give me insight (in the sense of another way to look at things).

And I do indeed have nice hands. *admires them* One of God's gifts to me--one of the only things I really liked about my high school senior photos. Yes, I'm silly. :-)
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From:whitemartyr
Date:March 14th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
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Yep, and silly is good!! *hugs*
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From:kalquessa
Date:March 14th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
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I love extended metaphors. This was an especially neat one. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 15th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I thought it was neat enough that others might appreciate it, anyway.
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From:lizamanynames
Date:March 16th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that was gorgeous! A really beautiful metaphore - and I love that icon! It's breathtakig!
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 16th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! :-)

And jd3000 made the icon...he rocks....
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From:lizamanynames
Date:March 16th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
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He *does*. Did he take the photo, too?
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From:jd3000
Date:March 16th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
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I'm a frayed knot, that was from a professional photographer. I'm an amateur photog, though.

-JD
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From:lizamanynames
Date:March 16th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
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Still a lovely job iconing.
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From:jd3000
Date:March 16th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
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Cheers!

-JD
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From:scorptilicus
Date:March 18th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
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It all makes sense now.
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From:jd3000
Date:March 20th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
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What makes sense?

-JD
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From:scorptilicus
Date:March 21st, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
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The icon

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