Life of Pie

10 Dec

A couple friends from home once suggested an analogy for life based on a pie (A.E. and R.P.).  This is my interpretation of their analogy.

Life of PieThe basic idea is that you are a pie…  A delicious pie with slices of a variety of sizes and flavors.

Each piece of your pie represents a part of your life that you need fulfilled by a person.  Slices could represent any parts of you, emotional, physical, or spiritual.

Not everyone likes every flavor of pie.  For example, let’s say your slice of pumpkin pie represents your desire to shoot skeet with your friends.  Not everyone likes pumpkin pie (which, in this example, is analogous to clay pigeons), so not everyone will be able to fill that slot.  Some of your friends, as much as they like you, won’t be able to satisfy that slice of you, because that slice doesn’t sit so well with them.  You can’t usually commission every facet of your life to a single person, so you associate with a group of people who get to come enjoy your dessert.

When people look at you, they don’t always take the time to look at all of your slices.  Some only see a small piece.  Maybe that small piece so ardently attracts their attention that they never get to see the rest.  This fixation may prevent them from getting to know the real you, but that also might be a piece that no one has ever tasted before, even those who have sampled most of your pie.

There are some slices that nobody eats but you.  Those are the parts of your life that you prefer to enjoy alone.

To confound the issue, your pie is changing.  As we grow we assign new weights to the parts of our lives, and the pie pieces grow larger or smaller accordingly.  New slices appear, and some vanish altogether. 

I think the pursuit if happiness is the continual  restructuring of our lives in such a way as to get as much of the pie eaten as possible.

Thanks to A.E. and R.P. for the inspiration.


Posted by on December 10, 2006 in Garbage In, Garbage Out


9 responses to “Life of Pie

  1. bingskee

    December 10, 2006 at 6:00 am

    nice analogy. there are individuals who respect others that they wanted only a part of the pie, with that they are satisfied. and there are those who devours the whole pie because of selfishness…

  2. gess

    December 10, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    Very nice post.

  3. fracas

    December 11, 2006 at 8:26 am

    I like your post. Gives a whole new meaning to the “I like Pie” song sung by the Dorothy Winters character (played by Andie MacDowell) in the movie “Michael”.

  4. halfawake

    December 12, 2006 at 3:49 am

    Bingskee — those are nice additions to the analogy. Thanks.

    fracas – I’m not familiar with that song. I’ll have to check out the movie sometime.

  5. icedmocha

    December 12, 2006 at 2:21 pm

    A lovely explanation. By the way, in addition to a few missing pieces, my pie has recently developed love handles; is that normal?

  6. trifrog

    December 12, 2006 at 9:38 pm

    There is something very strange about people eating the pie that is me, but for the sake of analogy, I was able to follow it and conclude that it is a good one.

    My wife shares many pieces of my pie, but not all of them. So your example that others need to come around once in a while and taste my other pieces makes sense. I don’t think she’s going to like that idea, though, but I’ll try it! 😉

  7. Rootietoot

    December 13, 2006 at 12:05 pm

    mmm pie. My pie has fruits and nuts, and in one case, flakes as well.

  8. halfawake

    December 13, 2006 at 8:05 pm

    trifrog – I know in my life I sometimes have good friends who I wish could fill even more roles for me (i.e. eat other pieces of the pie). It can be frustrating when you invite someone into a particular facet of your life and they don’t seem to enjoy it, especially when it’s someone you are close to. It works both ways — they probably also have slices that you don’t care for, but even when we do share small pieces of ourselves with others, those we are close to still fulfill a larger portion of the pie.


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