I love fish tanks. Mine is a work in progress and my goal with my fish tank is to make it as close to nature as I can. I want to have as many natural items as I can, even though I do have one of those sunken ships.
I could go on about how much I love having real plants in my tank, even though I’m not very good at taking care of them, but my focus is on something else, something that has an impact on my every day life.
I looked inside my tank the other day and noticed that one of my fish looked different, it looks like the scales are sticking straight out, and the research I did shows that it has a disease called dropsy. Apparently there is no cure for dropsy, but theories are that it is a buildup of parasites or bacteria which is caused by stress. What causes fish stress? Dirty water, fluctuating water temps, improper diet, and overcrowding impair the fishes immune system, and unfortunately, I am a very good at procrastination.
I could talk all day about stress and the supposed effects on the body, but I want to focus on something else, how often do we live in an apathetic manner. If I hadn’t kept putting off cleaning the tank, would my fish be sick? If we were more careful about what we said and did each day, would the world be in the state it’s in?
There are some people who don’t do their best at everything they do, there are those who don’t care at all about their jobs and only do what they need to do so they don’t get in trouble by their boss. When they get passed over for a job, or their employer gives them a bad review, they wonder what is going on with their life and why all these bad things have to happen to them. But the core of the issue is that they are creating their own problems by being careless.
Now I have an alarm set on my phone, to check the tank filter each week and take care of it properly this time.
Maybe we should all take a look at the areas in our lives that could use regular attention, making sure we do what needs to be done so we don’t hurt others.