…when the part becomes the whole…the Unique becomes the One…

“A-ton-of-me / On-a-me / Makes for / Metonymy”  First stanza of the poem Metonymy by the Creative Leap Coach

I have always enjoyed poetry.  I love the crazy way it mashes up things against one another.  But that’s not really what makes poetry important.  It’s how poetry offers us different representations for our experience.  That’s what makes poetry important.

The idea behind “metonymy” is letting the part stand-in for the whole.  I can refer to “all writers” by referencing “the power of the almighty pen.”  The pen is stand-in for the whole.  But really a better definition would be “the Unique” which becomes “the One.”  It’s not just any part of the whole, it is most unique part and it’s not just the whole it is the one, the singular, the whole which cannot be compared to anything else. 

Images often become metonymic “stand-ins” for what we experience.  They have such unique power.  We return to them over and over again.  It’s also why we come to feel disjointed.  One critical experience clashes with another, equally, critical experience and somehow we cannot accommodate them both.

A-ton-of-me / On-a-me — The Uniqueness of the One burdens the “me” I might become.  I feel trapped beneath the tonnage of some “one” experience – which then pushes out all the other possibilities.  Leaders need to understand the various parts they play and they cannot allow themselves to be caught up in any one role.  Awareness is the key.  Knowing, in the moment, when the experience of one role begins to hijack the flexibility required to assume any of our other roles.

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