TED Talks: The Art of Metaphors by Jane Hirshfield

I said before that I should force myself to watch more TED talks because, well, all the TED talks I’ve seen has really opened my mind and made me better at all the things that I’ve done. It has given me a bigger perspective in many things and the experience of watching these videos and listening to these lectures have really expanded my horizons.

That’s the thing about learning — you never stop. You just keep going and you just keep growing. To stop learning is to stop living. I never ever want to stop learning. I never ever want to reach a point in my life where I think or believe that there is nothing new for me to learn. I wish, if I make it to seventy years-old, that I’d still be learning and that the world does not cease to amaze me and surprise me.

My friend Toff shared this with some friends of FB and it hit me so strongly because I’m so in love with poetry and this is all about metaphors. That is my first language, really. I think and communicate in metaphors. It’s why I find poetry that most delightful of writing forms. So he shared this TED talk of Jane Hirshfield who talks about “The Art of Metaphors” and I want to share it with all of you.

I hope, in the future, I reach a point in my life that I would be asked to do a TED talk. I don’t know if I have anything new to say, or if I can ever be as enlightening as any of these people. I don’t know if I could go out there and do a TED talk as effectively as these people, but it’s a dream. And why dream if you can’t dream big? Maybe at some point, someone will ask me to do a TED talk about living a life without secrets; or about why I love movies; or about writing and the art of writing and how to put yourself into your writing. I don’t know. I have no idea in what form or what subject I could possibly contribute to TED, but I hope that as I live my life, I will reach that point that I will have something to say and that I’ll be able to say it well.

I wish I had the capacity to go out there and find interesting TED talks for myself, instead of waiting for friends to direct me to the ones that I end up falling in love with. In fact, I have a list of three or four more that friends have given me and told me to search out. I just don’t seem to have the time but then again, I remember that fabulous quote I saw someone put in Facebook one day. It was attributed to Buddha for saying:

The problem is, we think we have the time.

I think that’s so very true and so very honest and hits close to home. We think we have the time. And that’s a problem. Because it never stops. It never considers what we are doing and what is on our plate. The second hand keeps moving and we have to fit everything in there. And more often than not, we spend our days not doing the things we want to do and spend it on things we think we have to do.

Just something for me to think about.

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