I was contemplating the Erie Canal on a walk early this morning and thinking about whether there were fish in it. And to answer one jumped out of the water and splashed down in a ring of ripples. And I thanked the fish for clearing that up for me. Then it occurred to me; Most fish don’t jump out of the water, only a few do. If all fish jumped out of the water the surface would look like a pot of boiling water. Instead it’s an event. And I wondered, why wouldn’t all fish jump out of the water to see what’s on the other side? Because most fish are content with the environment they’re in and don’t care to know what’s “out there”.
People are like fish in that way. Most just swim along blissfully unconcerned about the state of the world outside their pond. But the bold few make the leap, breaking the surface tension for the glorious freedom just beyond their comfort zone and make a bigger ripple in their moment.
I’m watching some people in my life take bold leaps, and I’m thrilled for them. There’s nothing wrong with the pond, after all that’s what keeps you alive, but seeing the world beyond seems worth a leap now and then. Go make a big ring of ripples. I’ll do the same.