Sunday, October 22, 2006

A Fish Tale

Project Red is not a charity, it is simply a business model. You buy Project Red stuff. (Motorola, AmEx, Gap, Armani, Converse, Apple) Project Red gets the money. It then buys the pills and distributes them. Sick people in Africa take the pills, stay alive. And continue to take care of their families and contribute socially and economically in their communities.

I hope you remember Ricky and Lucy. She of the Red hair and he is dark and handsome. Oh no, not that Ricky and goldfish. She has a Red head and therefore we named her Lucy and he is dark and handsome. It has been awhile since I wrote about them. If you notice, they have grown considerably. See their picture in April.

We didn't have to worry about Lucy doing him in, because he was bigger than her. When she would go after him, the way she did the 1st Ricky, (rest his soul), he fought back. He used to chase her around the tank so he would get more food.

To defend herself, she just got bigger. They were moved into a 20 gallon tank and soon are going to need a 30 gallon tank. I simply refuse to put them in the swimming pool. It is bad enough they swim in their own waste...I will not!

It is amazing how relaxing it is to watch fish. He is very funny. I have never seen a fish do cartwheels, but he does. We think it's because he is so big that when he tries to turn, he ends up, upside down and then has to right himself. Much like those of us trying to live our lives.

We frequently find ourselves in places we never intended to be. Life just took us there, much like Ricky trying to right himself. When we finish school, we truly believe we have a course set for our lives. How wrong we frequently are.

Life, like the tide, moves us to places we never thought we'd be. However, we frequently find when we get to our destination, that it is a good place to be. Of course, this does not preclude ambition or the desire to be more, to do more, to have more. I believe these are inate qualities we have.

In our youth, we always seem to be swimming upstream. But, I think, that's the way it should be. This passage prepares us for what is to come...aging. Not easy! But it beats the alternative. My friend Ellie said yesterday, "it's the mind that matters"! I believe her, without a great mind you have nothing.

So here's to keeping our youthful mindset and continuing to go about this journey of life full of the same kind of hope we have when we are kids. After all, that's what we are! Kids, who have just gotten older.


No comments: