“We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.”

—Dag Hammarskjöld, 20th Century Swedish Secretary-General of the United Nations

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Recently, I have noticed just how often both my clients and I use metaphors to convey various messages and ways of looking at things. A few weeks ago, I attended a coaching program called The Power of Metaphors in Coaching, led by Lyssa deHart.  She described metaphors as idea containers, pathways to offer us new perspectives, and as tools to help make abstract ideas more accessible.

What frames have influenced your life, and where do you find yourself today? How have you splashed and painted your own life mastery with the resources and capabilities on your pallets? What new colors and brush strokes can and will you use moving forward to realize your fullest potential?


Please consider discussing today’s quote with a family member, colleague, or coach, to examine this framing metaphor for yourself and see what new pathways it may provide.