Tag: happiness

Constraints of a Comfort Zone

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I have recently taken on the responsibility of helping my niece start an aquarium.  I used to help my ex-boyfriend with his 100 gallon tank and when I say help I mean picking out fish.  All the really important stuff he did alone and I took enjoyment in seeing the fruits of his labor.  Never the less, I was the one for the job when my niece decided she was going to take on this hobby.  Since she was a beginner, her mom started her with a little tank, 1.5 gallons to be exact.  At first glance I honestly felt bad for anything that was forced to live in such a small area.  Once I realized she had not one but two fish living in that tank I knew we were going to need a bigger tank.  So, we went shopping.  We upgraded to ten gallons and added a candy cane frog.  I remember thinking, while we were moving the old fish to the new tank, how happy they must be.  Their world literally multiplied ten times its original size.  There were plants added and more rocks…the possibilities were endless.  As she began to think of all the new fish she could get I had to remind her that, although the tank is bigger, it is still tiny when compared to their normal habitat.  One thing we were constantly told by fish experts was that they will only grow as big as the tank allows.

It is funny how easily that can be translated and related to our lives.  If you stick a fish in a bowl, the limit to its life lies inside of that half gallon bowl.  Now if you take that same fish and put it in a pond, the opportunity of life and growth is nearly limitless.  It is far too easy for us to become stuck in the repetitive routine of daily life.  If we confine ourselves to our comfort zone then we limit our own growth.  Imagine the possibilities that await you in this vast world.  Break free from the constraints of your comfort zone and embrace your true potential.  Go get lost and find yourself.