One of the primary metaphors for life that resonates with me is stumbling. As in, we stumble into the various events and activities of life. Afterward, we make sense of whatever it was that happened. Such a perspective challenges mightily the notion that we are in charge and the agency with which we believe we live our lives. While control and agency are clearly important-and Lord knows there are so many things that we are responsible to and for-there seems an element of grace-or divine humor-embedded in the stumbling metaphor. We didn’t manufacture or produce so many of the aspects that make up life as we know it. We stumbled into them.
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