Tapestries, Light Bulbs and the Stuff in Between

Have you ever heard the metaphor of how life is like a tapestry?  I’ve heard various ones over the years and some have been very moving and enlightening.  I like metaphors.  I like being able to take some common, ordinary, every day thing and liken it to a train of thought that turns it into something meaningful.  And I think sometimes using metaphors can help click something in our brains or flip a switch that give us an “ah ha!” moment.  I call them mini epiphanies.  My dad used to say “Light bulb!”  Like in a cartoon when someone gets an idea and a picture of a little light bulb shows above their head.  I love those light bulb moments!  Wish I was having one now…

I woke up way too early for my own good this morning and am only having my first sips of coffee.  There is a big day ahead of me as we have an out of town family wedding to attend this afternoon, but just as like a few mornings ago, I woke up with lots of things on my mind again.  I sure am glad my mind works, even as scrambled up as my thoughts can be sometimes.

But as I woke up thinking all of these thoughts about my life, for some reason I got the picture of a tapestry in my mind and a few things began formulating.  Then it was a path, then a road, then a deep ocean, all of these metaphors.  Sheesh, I haven’t even had my coffee yet, how am I supposed to contemplate these deep realizations and reiterate them into words that make any sense?

Maybe I can’t, but I guess I’m writing this in an attempt to try…

I like to be able to see the big picture of things.  I like to see how it’s broken down and how all the pieces fit together.  This makes it meaningful to me.  It helps me understand.  I like to understand.  But sometimes I don’t get to to understand, things don’t seem to make sense.  I don’t get to see the big picture.  I hate when that happens, but such is life ey?

What is nice is when in those moments, when I don’t get to see the big picture, that I can still grasp the concept of my life being woven together.  Like a tapestry.  A beautiful, rich, meaningful work of art.  Sometimes the threads being weaved together and stitched into the fabric of my life are vibrant and colorful, sometimes they’re bland or the darkest black.  But of course, it’s often because of that contrast between them makes them all come even more alive.  And as it slowly goes along, a picture begins to form and I’m able to make it out and have one of those light bulb moments.  I love when that happens!

But even when, like this morning, I’m not having one of those light bulb moments, I can still rest in the comfort that my life is being woven together like a tapestry, that everything that comes along, each colorful, bland, or blackened thread that is being weaved in, has meaning and a purpose in the grand scheme, making me into the person I am meant to be.  Not that I don’t have any control over any of it, because I do have choices to make along the way, but those too get stitched in with the rest, and whether good or bad, happy or sad, it becomes beautiful.  Because life is beautiful.  A beautiful, rich, meaningful work of art…



4 responses to “Tapestries, Light Bulbs and the Stuff in Between

  1. This is a beautiful post Jewel, illustrating that expression ‘the rich tapestry of life’ applied to our own lives and all of our experiences. You are so right that everything that happens is woven into the fabric of our life and this is going on every moment of the day. Just a lovely post! 🙂


    • Thank you Ruth, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I know the metaphor of life being like a tapestry is not an original concept, but it’s still an interesting and encouraging thing to contemplate when trying to understand the whys of the things that happen in our lives. Just think if when all our days had come to an end there really was an actual finished tapestry illustrating all of those days of our life, what an amazing thing that would be to look upon and see! And maybe it would help others understand too, those we’ve left behind ~ because we can only hope that as we go through this life that we have made an impact on the precious ones around us. Thanks for stopping by Ruth, hope your day is woven together with beautiful things! 🙂


  2. As I read your post I kept humming the Carole King song– Tapestry. But I like the “lyrics” to your “song” better.


    • Thanks so much Teresa, I’m glad you liked it. 🙂 I haven’t heard that Carole King song, I’ll have to go on YouTube to have a listen sometime. I am familiar with the song Tapestry by Don McLean though ~ poetic lyrics about earth, the environment and creation. Wish I could be so poetic. That’s a completely different angle for the metaphor of life being a tapestry, but still very much applies to the whole idea. I hope the “threads” of your day are lovely today, Teresa. 🙂


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