I'm not sure if this happens to everyone, but my brain tends to create metaphors from things I see in nature. This tree trunk, for example. It's gnarly, and knobby, and not what I would consider to be an ideal foundation, but that didn't prevent it from growing tall and strong and taking up a commanding position on top of the hill. My brain: "even though there may be flaws in the foundation, that doesn't mean you can't build something really impressive on top of it."
"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books."
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