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Pizza as an analogy for family


Photo: Zuzi99/Pizabay
There is an interesting phrase that goes "A pizza is made round, packed into a square box and eaten as a triangle".

The pizza model can be used as an analogy to illustrate how each of the three elements—the round pizza, the square box and the triangular slices—make individual contributions but unite to create something delicious and superior.

The workplace is like a pizza. Separately, we bring unique skills and perspectives to our work and win praise and recognition; collectively, we work as a team to achieve greater outcomes and bigger rewards. We do it for ourselves and for our organisation.

Everyone is happy—the boss, the team, and the client or stakeholder.

We can similarly apply the pizza analogy to many aspects of life, including relationships and families.

Every member of a family is exceptional, enjoys a degree of freedom, and strives to fulfil their dream. They play a distinct role in contributing to the overall well-being of the family. But together, they can be a unifying force when it comes to moral support and encouragement, honest communication, empathy and understanding, shared responsibilities, navigating differences, and creating a positive and harmonious atmosphere at home. Like a herd that loves and cares for one another.

In that sense the pizza, with its rounded shape, triangular slices and boxed delivery, are varied expressions of a family. But as a single unit, it can mean the family coming together in enduring moments of joy, laughter and happiness.

© Prashant C. Trikannad

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Pizza is a really effective analogy for groups like family, workplaces, religious communities, and more. Each of us brings something unique to the group, and each of us can benefit from what the others bring. What's more, we don't have to stop being our own selves, just as the cheese on a pizza doesn't stop being cheese because it's next to a piece of pepper.

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apocketfulofhappin
apocketfulofhappin
06. Dez. 2023
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Margot, thank you for commenting. I like the point you make about how we can be our own selves in spite of being a part of the whole. Like the pizza ingredients and toppings, each of us does bring something unique to a group, family or workplace.

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