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While listening to a speaker yesterday, I was reminded of the importance of analogies.

His talk was about emotions and part of his message concerned the importance of not letting our emotions control us.  He stressed the role of clear thinking in helping us benefit from emotions without letting them become our master.  When they are the master, our decision making can become erratic.

At one point, an audience member suggested an analogy.  He said our ability to think is like the rudder on a sailboat.  With it, the power of “emotional winds” can get us where we need to go.  Without such a rudder, we can be “blown every which way.” 

That analogy did a beautiful job of capturing the point the speaker wanted to make.  I suspect he will “borrow” it in one of his future talks.

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