May the Fourth Be With You (What? Goldfish love Star Wars)
May 4, 2020
Time once again for Todd's Tales, coming at you – as always – live from the NAH kitchen counter…
Picking up where we left off last time, we are a little closer to Spring out there. A little more green visible through the dining room windows every day. The flowers are blooming, the birds are fluttering about & chirping their little heads off (which makes it a good time to have a lid on one's tank when one is of snackable size).
As I was floating upside-down over my little plastic plant the other day – listening to the hum of my water filter & wondering if I should really have downed all three of my food pellets so fast – I was reflecting on the nature of time. I've been hearing the air breathers saying how strange time seems to have been during this time of quarantine. It seems to both speed up & almost stand still, all at the same time. Here it is already Week 6 of the new term, week 7 or 8 of the quarantine for most of us and yet it feels like both so much longer and so much less.
As we said last time, Spring is always a time of change; changes in the world around us lead us through thoughts of changes inside of us, as well. But it can be really hard to think about those changes when daily life seems to be standing still, with the nature of our days feeling very much the same & crowding up on each other.
The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, "Change your thoughts, change your life." [Taoist Studies are HUGE in goldfish education – no one really knows why]. Which leads me to still another great philosopher – Winnie the Pooh. "The Tao of Pooh" is one of my all-time favorites. If you've not read it, I highly recommend it – available in print, ebook, audio & goldfish editions. Anyway, in the book, it says, "The main problem with this great obsession for saving time is very simple: you can't save time. You can only spend it wisely or foolishly." So even when time plays these very strange tricks with us, that's still the choice in front of us.
Whoa. That got deep. Should probably take a few minutes to float right-side-up for a bit. But, all that to say this: I hope y'all are continuing to get to spend that valuable commodity on what's most important – each other. Even in isolation, and even from afar.
"Things may get a little odd at times, but they work out. You don't have to try very hard to make them work out; you just let them." -The Tao of Pooh
Sorry for the philosophical side-trip there, but we goldfish like to dive deep. <Snicker> Get it? "Dive deep?" Cuz I'm a fish?
Anywhat, we all continue to miss having you here, but send you much goldfish & air-breather love.
Remember everyone who is here for you!
Yours in NAH-ness – Gurggle blug glugg,