There’s this ant, see?
And he’s pushing this water droplet all the way to the hill, where he hopes it will earn him an audience with the queen and maybe the opportunity to distribute the product of his toil to as many of his fellow ants as possible.
But it’s a very big droplet, the hill is a fair distance away, and water tension can be messed with only so much before the whole thing goes sploosh.
So he has to be very careful how he goes and which path he chooses.
And sometimes, even with a deft touch and the best route possible, things still go sploosh—or evaporate. Or the queen doesn’t care for the look of the thing—or none of the other ants are thirsty.
In fact, the odds are against his success.
But see the beautiful world reflected in that droplet? You can tell how much he believes in it. That’s one determined ant.
Bet he makes it. Maybe he’ll get a three-droplet deal out of it. It could happen.
It could happen.
I think I’ll just go finish up that next chapter, now.
Image courtesy of wins.failblog.org.
12 thoughts on “The Illustrated Ant Analogy”
I love your humor. I want to bottle it.
Thanks, MSB—I don’t hear that too often!
What a writer you are, Sarah. I like what you got from that photograph, what it made you think of. Keep going, friend.
I know an ant–a talented, funny, generous, among many other adjectives I could fill up a thesaurus with: ant–who, if anyone deserves it; no, if anyone will *get* a three-droplet deal…it would be this ant.
Yeah? I know an ant like that, too. 😉
Great analogy – also makes me think of that old Sinatra song –
“Oops there goes another rubber tree plant.”
Is that what I’ve been humming all day?
Seriously, Downith, thank you—I couldn’t place it and it was driving me crazy!
Cool! I loved the picture so I have pasted it in my blog (I hve coded your blog under the pic) perfect…..
It is so nice for you to have put the ant’s effort in such simple but inspiring words. May i share this pic and blog content as an inspiration for me and others? Of course, i will credit it back to you.
I can give you permission to use the words (and I do, as long as I’m credited), but I don’t own the image. Click on it in my post and it should take you to the site that gave me permission!
And thank you—I’m glad you like it. 🙂
This is a great motivator for those of us dealing with seemingly sisyphean tasks (like the memo I’ve avoiding right now)!
Glad you like it. 🙂
(memos are the devil’s invention)