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Metaphors for NLP & Teaching

121. Dandelions

A man who took great pride in his lawn found himself with a large crop of dandelions. He tried every method he knew to get rid of them. Still they plagued him.

Finally he wrote to the Department of Agriculture. He enumerated all the things he had tried and closed his letter with the question: ""What shall I do now?""

In due course, the reply came: ""We suggest you learn to love them.""

Main Uses: : Reframing, Values, The Map is not the Territory, There is no failure, only feedback
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Submitted By: Brian Cullen
Source: http://www.rogerdarlington.me.uk/stories.html
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  1. Sarah

    Hello Dr. Cullen,

    What a great list of metaphors! Thank you for creating this great resource for people to use freely. I was wondering if there would be any way to have each metaphor page set up with a link that says "printable version", or something similar, allowing for easy printing of a particular metaphor?

    Thanks again for setting this up. It is a really useful resource not only for me, but for my students as well.

    All the best to you,

    SJ Marubay
    Nagoya

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