Who are the people on your Swiss Knife?

Here is (yet another) post inspired by my oh-so-inspirational friend, Etienne. I first wrote it in June 2011.


swiss-knifeLast 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?


I am on holiday. If you leave a comment, I won’t be able to respond immediately.

I will resume my original posts on Tuesday, September 3.



About Arlene Somerton Smith

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

Posted on August 16, 2013, in How do you define success?, Inspiration, Living life to the fullest, metaphor and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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