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So once upon a time, there was an ordinary fish who lived in the great sea, not being aware he was in it. He believed that he swam up and down and around in an empty space all by himself which he thought was very clever of him.
But One day he started overthinking “What if he forgets how to swim and falls down into the abyss of the great sea? At that moment, all his skill of swimming had left him and he began to fall. In the midst of the fall, he realised there is only one way of saving himself to grab hold of his own tail with his mouth and hold himself up.
But the faster he chased his own tail, the faster it moved away. Consequently, he was getting nowhere and his life was becoming meaningless and dull. but he was also too afraid to stop. He was sure if he stopped, he would fall down into the abyss. All this while the great sea had been watching this with a sense of amusement and worry. So the great sea called out to him, “What do you think you’re doing? You have been chasing your own tail for quite a while and yet you’re nowhere near to catching it.
This was too much for the fish, So he stopped chasing and looked around to see who was talking to him. There was no one to be seen and it was strange though how he was still floating in the water as if he was suspended from an empty space.
“There, now.” continued the great sea, you thought you were doing it all by yourself and you never knew that I hold you up all the time. Can’t you see, I am the one who is keeping you afloat? I have given all of myself to you and yet you have forgotten me and wasted yourself in pursuing your own end.
The moral of the story is that In life, we try so hard to stay in control, fearing if we let go, we’ll fall into some bottomless pit of despair and suffering.
But what really happens when we let go is that we discover that we are held by something much bigger than ourselves.
Don’t be so sure that you are doing everything all by yourself. I am sure you have a lot to do with where you’re right now but the universe also played a major role in it. There are always bigger forces in play and you’re already doing the best you can do. So stop overthinking or should I say chasing your own tail.
A Romanticist who is trying to understand this world by reading books. You can also follow me on YouTube, I post there quite often.
The fish who found the sea by Alan Watts is a parable with a spiritual lesson about How You’re never alone, Universe is always looking out for you. And How Enlightenment can happen at any level, from fish to plants Everyone is capable of it.
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