Saturday, July 15, 2017

Beginner's Guide to Joyful Living -- Day 15

Our lives are shot through with colorful threads. Some dangle out of reach, luring us with a metallic sheen; others lay behind us in hopeless tangles. We may reach for a thread that's so short, we lose our balance and fall. Or we may grab a thread that's long enough to lead us safely through a labyrinth. 

Some threads are unbreakable, and a few are invisible. Many are fragile. From these threads, for better or worse, we stitch the pattern of our days. 

Ariadne's mythical red ball of thread helped Theseus to navigate the labyrinth and defeat the Minotaur--the yarn being a metaphor for trial and error, problem solving. 

If we choose the wrong thread, it still becomes part of the cloth, just as strong and durable as the others. All the threads of our lives hold the fabric together, giving poignancy and meaning to the pattern.

Hope can "dangle by a thread." We can "pick up" threads, thread our way through, or be joined by common threads. In order to mend a torn fabric, a thread usually requires a needle. 

Today I will arrange random threads and scraps into something whole.


  1. Beautiful images and wonderful quotes! Tolkien's is most insightful!

  2. I like the Yeats quote the best, it's confident yet humble...the Tolkian quote is disturbingly honest...lots to think about...

  3. Oh dear...Tolkien's words of "There are some things that time cannot mend", I'm hoping are not true. I'm an optimist, but maybe I should be a realist?