Perspective Tweaks and Mixed Metaphors

by Belinda Munoz on April 1, 2011

Apr 18 - See-Saw

Jill was a disciplined gymnast.
She practiced with rigor and
soon became a contender.

When she took a hard fall,
she began to see life more
like a seesaw than a balance beam.

With this newfound perspective,
she realized she’d prefer to
dance and play with others more
and tumble solo on the floor mat less.


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Image by royanlee

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 brian April 1, 2011 at 5:19 am

life is a team sport, so its a good perspective to have…though balance it is good in pursuing your own life, but so much comes from just dancing…smiles.


2 [email protected] from a Peaceful Divorce April 1, 2011 at 5:29 am

As someone who has taken a recent tumble, I sure appreciate the reminder about perspective.


3 ayala April 1, 2011 at 6:22 am

The hard falls are the ones that make us stronger and teach us hard lessons….very nice!


4 Alice Audrey April 1, 2011 at 6:22 am

Oooo good one! I thought she’d try to cartwheel on the teeter totter. This is much better.


5 Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri April 1, 2011 at 8:38 am

The harder falls sometimes propel us to refocus our priorities.


6 Monkey Man April 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

Letting the child be a child. Love that.


7 Eric 'Bubba' Alder April 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

Fun is doubled when it’s shared. What a joyful picture! :)


8 magiceye April 1, 2011 at 10:06 am

the joys of learning!


9 Akelamalu April 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

Ah yes, there’s no I in team. :)


10 Jingle April 1, 2011 at 10:44 am

this is blissful,
I used to do it with my kids at parks /zoo playgrounds, fun shot.

Happy Friday.


11 Talon April 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

Awww! So sweet! And so true, Belinda – why play alone when it’s so much more fun in the company of good friends?


12 Mama Zen April 1, 2011 at 11:47 am

What a great 55!


13 dustus April 1, 2011 at 11:54 am

The effect of mixed metaphors work so very well considering the mental processing after her fall. Great writing!


14 Olivia April 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Yes.. it stays for always! I know this..
A very thought provoking flash.. :)

Hugs x


15 G-Man April 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I just Love Gymnastic 55’s
With a life metaphore or two thrown in!!
Excellent post My Friend.
Thank You for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End


16 KB April 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm

LIfe is like a seesaw… full of ups and downs.


17 Jannie Funster April 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm

My daughter takes gymnastics 3x weekly, and desires to move up to “team.” Part of me fears an accident. But… I think there is a slim chance of that, really. We do worry, eh?

Wonderful 55. Love how she whipped those lemons into some tall refreshing lemonade!!



18 Cathy April 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

This touches me in so many ways. First, my sister was that gymnast – accomplished but the suddenly realized that she was missing out – cold quit and joined the soccer team.

It also makes me sad because, while it’s great to have the perspective, it also screams fear of failure – have a fall and suddenly lose confidence. Maybe not, but that’s how I read it.


19 Belinda April 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Perspective, as is often said, is subjective and I think it’s also true that, to a degree, we take away whatever message we are open to hearing (or even what we might need to hear) from any fiction story. Glad this spoke to you on some level, Cathy, and thanks for reading.


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