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Fish out of water

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Who hasn’t been in a place or time feeling completely wrong? Feeling like a fish out of water or a fox on a beach. Generally when we’re stuck in such a situation we concentrate completely on how we’re feeling and how to get out of the situation and not on the particular time and place at all. Perhaps if we were to re-focus our attention on what’s going on around us the discomfort, terror, or embarrassment could be reduced or be completely resolved. These situations can even occur when we are alone – such as, when one is on the phone and says something incredibly dense or dumb. Haven’t you ever turned red or gotten all hot and bothered then? However when you’ve been incredibly insensitive or rude, apologize. Look around – has anything changed because of your blunder? No, you’re still there and the other person or people are still there, too. So it’s fixable and not too difficult if fixed right away. Leaving an unfixed blunder will only make things worse. Even in a situation when others can actually see and know something you don’t, a gaping armhole, a stain somewhere strategic, and people are laughing at you, you can change the entire situation by acknowledging the humor, and maybe even laughing, too. Or what if you’re in a situation where everyone seems smarter or more knowledgeable than you? Or if everyone seems a bit more dim than your own lightbulb? Pay attention to what people are actually saying, ask questions, take your mind off yourself, there may be something to appreciate that you had no idea was in these people, smart or dim. One can also pay attention to the environment, it may be something you want to explore. No one says you have to stay glued to a group you can’t comprehend. Which would you rather be – a fox on a daylight beach or yourself learning new things?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

One thought on “Fish out of water

  1. I feel like a fish out of water every day I come into work, or go outside or stay inside. Is that strange?

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