Our lives are a story about the challenges that we face and encounter each day. Many a time, we have braced ourselves with the phrase, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.This is easier said than done, right?
A story is told about how the Japanese dealt with a fishing crisis: The Japanese have always loved fresh fish, but the water close to Japan has not held many fish for decades. So in order to feed the population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever. The further the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring back the fish. If the return trip took more time, the fish were not fresh. So solve this problem, fish companies installed freezers on their boats.They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers therefore, allowed the boats to go farther and stay out longer.
However, Japanese consumers could taste the difference between fresh and frozen fish and they did not like the taste of frozen fish. As a result, the frozen fish fetched a lower price. So, fishing companies installed fish tanks.They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish got tired, dull, and lost their fresh-fish taste. The fishing industry faced an impending crisis!But to this day, they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan. How did they manage…?
To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks but with a small shark.This meant that the fish were challenged and were constantly on the move. In other words, the challenge they faced keept them alive and fresh!
That is pretty much the same situation in our lives. Life is like the fish pond the fish were put in,and the ‘sharks’ are the challenges we encounter each day. The challenges, the mountains and the valleys we face each day are there to keep us challenged, alive and ‘fresh’ enough to face each day and to realize that we are more than conquerors. The challenges that you face at work right now are there to push you to prove your competitiveness or indeed, to open up your eyes to new opportunities. The financial constraints you are facing, are there to keep you active. So, just like the fish, you will put in that effort and creativity in to making that extra coin. The issues in your relationship are there to make you a better person as you get to know more about yourself and your spouse. The people fighting you in your life are the ‘sharks’ you need to mould your personality and build your character.
No one can really make you see the value of the ‘sharks’ in your life except yourself. You need to see beyond the challenges you are going through right now. Would you prefer at the end of the year or at the end of your life to be dull and lifeless or, would you choose to be fresh, active and alive? Think about it! Best wishes, from Mercy Karumba. To read more posts by Mercy, click HERE