Tapestry of Life
Posted on June 18, 2012 by Stephen Gann, One of Thousands of Career Coaches on Noomii.
Imagine that each person's life is a tapestry...
I came upon the idea for a Tapestry of Life after I recently read an epic series of novels by Robert Jordan, titled, “The Wheel of Time”. I was intrigued by a description he gave to all of life & time: he called it a “pattern” where everyone was a thread woven into this pattern. It made such sense yet the books were fantasy; fiction.
So I started thinking: what if I were to describe each person’s life as a tapestry; a Tapestry of Life, so to speak. What would that look like? How could I describe it in such a way that it could help my clients see their past in a different light?
Therefore, I imagined that each person’s life WAS a tapestry; that it reflected the image of who we are today, at this very moment. The picture that people see when they look at us consists of all the threads woven into our tapestry from past events; past relationships, past encounters.
It represents people who have touched our lives since we were born. Some we have met, some we have never known; all whom left a thread, an impression that created the image of who we are, today.
Looking at yourself from this point of view provides the opportunity to step away and look at the beautiful picture that is you. Notice that there are thousands of colours, all different shades, light to dark. Some white and some black.
Interesting enough is the fact that dark colours, especially black, are used for definition and shadow. Yet those shadows help create perspective, define solids and without those shadows, there would be no depth.
YOUR Tapestry of Life
Take a moment and look at your own tapestry. See the beautiful colours woven throughout, all of the past reflected back. Notice where the brightest colours are and see what it is that defines them.
Then, thank all of the weavers who have woven threads into your Tapestry, whether they be dark or bright and know this:
That all of your future is simply a matter of weaving in new threads, that the colours can and will change. Yes, there will be shadows woven in as well, but these only define the brightest colours of who you are; who you choose to be.
Finally, ask yourself this: What colours am I weaving into other peoples tapestries?