Who are the people on your Swiss knife?

Last week, a friend told me, “You’re one of the people on my Swiss knife.”

I looked perplexed, so he went on. “People carry a Swiss knife around with them so they will have all the tools they might need in any situation,” he said. “You’re one of my tools.”

Who knew that being called a tool could be a compliment?

When people carry a Swiss knife, they forget about it most of the time; they only remember it when a challenge arises. Then they dig into their pocket to pull out the best tool for the situation: maybe a large sharp knife to sever something that needs to be cut away, a smaller knife for the precision work, a screwdriver to tighten loose screws, or a can opener to access nourishment.

We all have a metaphorical Swiss knife, I think.

We carry friends, mentors, and teachers with us unconsciously, and when a challenge arises we call on them to help us through: a word of advice to sever something that needs to be cut away, a hug for the precision work, laughter to tighten loose screws, or a happy memory to nourish the soul.

Who are the people on your Swiss knife?

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About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on June 14, 2011, in Inspiration and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Read you posting in my bed while I could not get out of it. You got me smiling and laughing and i’m off to work! Can’t believe I called you a tool either, blame it on my lovely first language ! You’re awesome Arlene!

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