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SPeak Performance by Jim Walz

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Chapter 3

Play the Hand You’ve Been Dealt

You’ve been dealt a bad hand, placed against a stacked deck!

—Words by Sage Francis, 2007, from the album, Hell of a Year

Our lives are a series of metaphors unfolding to paint a picture of our journey through life. I suspect if you took the time to examine your life through the lens of a metaphor, you would begin to see a pattern emerging and illustrating who you are, why you see the world as you do, and how you arrived at where you are today. Just as in the story of Jason and his record company, you could envision the attributes that reflect how you see yourself. If the metaphor that you arrive at is one that is less than complimentary such as, “My life is a toilet flushing continuously,” you don’t ...

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