Didacticism

So here's the issue I keep running into.  How do I hit something from an angle that's not so head on as to make people get it and leave, but not so esoteric as to confuse my viewers.  On one hand, I won't be there to inform the viewers about my work beyond a small written statement (if it's read at all) so my work needs to be understood from looking at it.  On the other hand, if you look at something and just *get* it, what's to keep your interest?

So I'm looking at my life through the moral lens of old stories, tales & such.  Here's my first attempt:

So this actually manages to represent BOTH problems at once.  These images are both far too direct and didactic because they're just a representation of a moment from the tales, but the stories they are referencing are too obscure and so the viewer likely isn't familiar with them.  This ends up being doubly frustrating.  

So the next iteration of this is to try and create scenes from my life and incorporate elements from stories that are familiar enough to lend the symbolism  without directly being the focus of the shot.  

The first idea I have for this (and the issue here for each of these critiques is going to be my amazingly small number of photos that I have to put on the wall compared to my colleagues, but everyone will just need to get over that) is to represent a scene from my past.  I know I said that, but I'm not exactly ready to go into that specific memory in detail yet in text.  The shot will be in a car shot from the back seat.  The touch screen on the console will have a call from my wife showing on the screen with my sitting in the driver seat and reaching to hit the decline call button.  I want to incorporate a few symbols from the applicable story such as a charm hanging from the mirror or something, but just so that it's an element of the photo rather than a focal point.

I might be overthinking all of this, but that's supposedly what this whole process is about, getting lost, making bad turns, running into dead ends and finding new ways forward.  It's frustrating but it's what I have to work with.