Ask a fish where he is and you’ll get no response. Now it’s possible that he won’t respond because he’s under water and would swallow a mouthful. It’s possible he won’t respond because he’s thinking, “Hey buddy, I’m a fish. Why would you even ask such a foolish question?”
Or it’s possible the fish just doesn’t know where he is, that he doesn’t realize he’s in water at all.
The fish has been in water his whole life. He doesn’t know he’s in water. He doesn’t know he needs water. He knows nothing other than simply that he is.
How are you like that fish?
What would you answer if I asked you where you are?
What surrounds you? What kind of atmosphere do you live in? What do you need for survival? What is in the bowl with you that you think you need but might be weighing you down rather than helping you swim upstream?
How many times have you been where you are and not realized it? You’ve repeated patterns you developed because they met a need years ago and now they’ve become ingrained. Whether or not the patterns have value, they’re comfortable – even when they’re not.
Or maybe you’re repeating family cycles. Expectations were established in past generations that are hard to break free from decades later. Maybe that’s at least in part because more was never asked of you, more was never expected of you, and you never truly realized there was a world outside your fishbowl.
Sometimes we’ve been in the same situation for so long, we don’t even realize where we are or what may be outside the fishbowl. Maybe you need to be in that fishbowl, but maybe something better awaits in the great beyond.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only one page.
~ Saint Augustine
Answer the question, “Where are you?”
Evaluate your environment. Identify factors that threaten to such you into a whirlpool. Identify factors that keep you swimming upstream.
Pain a picture either literally or figuratively of what your life would be like if you had fewer sucking you below and more factors helping you swim upstream?