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Sunday Reading 27 April 2008

Lessons From a Goldfish

Sunday in Spring. I love it. The sun has returned, bringing with it smiles on the face of child and adult alike. The apple trees are in blossom. The grass has received its first manicure. Lady Glynis has repaired the ravages of winter on the small fish pond in which we keep goldfish outside. Even with their home frozen over and absolutely no feeding or other care throughout the winter, the fish have not only lived, but prospered, being almost double the length they were last fall and all have survived the winter.

Is it due to persistence?

Terry Starbucker in The Key Ingredient to Sustained Success? Calvin Had it Right

Is it due to resting in the arms of the infinite?

Nneka in Surrender, Powerlessness, and Other Bad Words

Is it due to the power of gratitude?

Robyn McMaster in The Power of Thanks

Is it due to just doing what they were meant to do?

Liz Strauss in Find the Extraordinary in You!

Or is it due to staying in the now?

Michael Weir in Outside your window

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6 Responses to Sunday Reading 27 April 2008

  • Rick, I never thought that the post that you so graciously linked to could ever be associated with goldfish survival, but there you go! :-)

    Well done, hope you are well, and all the best.

  • Rick, simple thanks are in order! What a nice surprise to find a "Shout Out!" I have much to be thankful for.

  • Hi Rick, that's truly incredible. Do they do that year after year?

    Thanks for the shout.

  • Terry,

    Goldfish, humans, trees. It applies to all of us. Thank you for the reminder.

  • Hi Robyn

    You're most welcome. There is so much research and personal experience showing the power of gratitude, it's a message we need to hear at least daily. Thank you!

  • Hi Nneka,

    You're welcome for the shout.

    I was very pleasantly surprised by the goldfish. This is the first winter we've had the pond, so I don't know if it is a normal occurrence or not. They say a goldfish in a small lake can live around 20 years. I'm looking forward to seeing how these do.

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