The last week held quite a bit of shaking of things, with the earthquake, the hurricane, and in my own personal world, my husband losing his job.
I had someone comment to me that while life seems like it is a roller coaster, it is much better than a merry-go-round. This statement really got me to thinking. (I apologize for not giving them credit, I cannot find the statement!)
The carnival of life
On a roller coaster, there are many ups and downs, the press of pushing upwards to reach a pinnacle only to be plummetted down a hill at breakneck speed. Sometimes there is not much time to breathe in between hills.
The roller coaster is exhilarating, with its ups and downs, and has a path it is following to an end.
The merry-go-round is a much quieter, slow ride. You may be on a fixed horse, or in a carriage. Or you may be on a horse that does go gently up and down. Your path is much more limited. You spend your time on this ride going around in circles, doing the same thing, seeing the same things again and again.
These rides very much can be used as an analogy for life. Life has its ups and downs and round and rounds.
We actually spend time on both of these rides in our lives. We may spend some time on merry-go-round, feeling like we are getting nowhere. Going round and round, riding up and down on our decorated pony. My husband actually felt this way at his job.
Then we are propelled to the roller coaster. We get hit with some news, and not knowing how it is going to progress, (as my husband did with his job loss) we travel up the first hill of the coaster. It may be a rough ride, but it will be exciting to see where this path will lead!
What about you?
Do you feel like you have been on a few merry-go-rounds and roller coasters?