Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The world of koi

In a pond koi can reach lengths of eighteen inches. Amazingly, when placed
in a lake, koi can grow to three feet long. The metaphor is obvious. You
are limited by how you see the world.
- Vince Poscente, Olympian (1961- )

Koi, for want of a better description, is like a large goldfish. The size to which it grows depends entirely on food supply and the amount of space it has to swim freely in.

When we see the world, our city, our community, our neighbourhood as a fearsome place, we make our world smaller. People who live in progressively smaller worlds inevitably become bigots because they fear the unknown and not-understood "others."

Those who love others see the world as being a much bigger and much friendlier place.

Those who love have hope, while those who fear sink into despair.

Those who love see the future as a better world, whereas those who fear face the future with mounting dread.

Your world is what you make of it. Not what I or anyone else tells you it is, but what you believe it is. The choice about what your world is like depends entirely on you.

If you can't look past the bad, you will never see the good. The bad always seems closer.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to broaden the horizons of each person within its care.
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