This story highlights a problem that many people face. They are in life, and yet not living. You begin to live when you recognize your potential.
The two fish know they are missing something. They know deep inside they were not created to live in fear. They know that the magic of life is eluding them; yet they are unsure of how to get it. Where is the water of life?
The two fish became tragic observers. Fear does this to people; it freezes them. We become scared stiff. Petrified. Prisoners within ourselves. The fear of rejection. The fear of not being good enough. The fear of being too small. The feeling of not being smart. The fear of being the wrong color, race or religion. These fears group together to keep us isolated.
This story represents the difference between existing and living. Existing is what the two little fish were doing. They seemed incapable of making things happen. They asked questions, rather than seeking the answers. They never initiated anything. Many people are living like the two fish. Why are we so afraid? Well, perhaps these fears are created by fearful messages we received as children, some of which have been around for centuries.
Once we know who we are and what we were created with, this awareness allows us to live the good life--a life free of that all-consuming fear. The fear and apathy in the story of the two fish are beautifully expressed through the suggestion that to be disconnected or unaware of this divine passion, existing rather than living, is to look like a dead fish.
With passion pray. With passion work. With passion make love. With passion eat and drink and dance and play. Why look like a dead fish in this ocean of creation? We owe it to ourselves and our personal well-being to seek opportunities of fully living rather than merely existing. Perhaps counseling may provide the necessary guidance in your journey to discover truly joyful living.