We often think of this phrase in terms of having the freedom to go and do anything you like – to explore the world, to discover and enjoy. And that is a topic that I’d like to explore some more – because I don’t think that it is very true. None of us can do whatever we like – but it is a philosophy that is taking a grip on our world, it is a philosophy that ignores responsibilities and redefines our values.
But I wonder if can we redefined the phrase itself?
The world is your oyster. What is an oyster? An oyster is a rough shell, dark in colour, slimy, dirty, calloused. And it houses a pearl.
So if the world is our oyster? The world – all the hard knocks of life, the experiences, the opportunities, the ups and downs, are our oysters. They are rough, slimy, dirty. And yet inside, there is a pearl.
A pearl sits inside the oyster shell – it actually starts off as a piece of grit, an irritation.
My analogy is: That as we go through life, encased in the rough, the dark, the slimy and the dirty we will find pearls. Treasures. These are the things we are to look for. It isn’t that we can have anything we want in life, but we can find pearls.
I think the pearls we find are our character, our passions, our talents, our unique opportunities. So maybe this phrase is a good one to give our kids, but not in a rose-coloured-glasses kind but rather helping them see that in the midst of the ugly there can be beauty, because of the irritation there can be a pearl.
Five Minute Friday is a weekly writing challenge and linkup, where you write for 5 minutes on a designated word. Every so often, when I find myself with some writing time between Friday and Sunday, I plan to take this challenge. When I have done this I find that my 5 mintues of writing tends to reflect something that is going on in my life or my general reflections. So I share these short posts with this in mind – this is simply my immediate thoughts when I read this word today.
Read more thoughts about “World” over at 5 Minute Friday