Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Philosophy 1

This semester's personal project is to find a philosophy each week (or every few weeks) and really try to apply it to my life. I'd like to see how my life could be changed just by thinking a little differently. The plan is to pseudo-/semi-document the occurrences here or other thoughts that come to my mind (you know, the general purpose of a blog) that are at least indirectly related to my new way of thinking.

This week's (and probably next week's, too) is "Fish where the fish are."

I have a tendency to be agoraphobic. I don't go out much without considerable coaxing. I could honestly stay in my room 23.75 hours a day as long as I had food, water, and a book. I like people, but I can often satiate my need for human contact by just listening to people, be it through walls, doors, or on the TV. Of course, there are sometimes when I wish I met new people easier. This is where the philosophy comes in: I KNOW that the new people aren't going to saunter into my bedroom and instantly befriend me. So in order to meet new friends, I must go where there are new people. Genius, I know :)

This also came to mind:
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
Luke 5:4-7

If you "fish where the fish are," sometimes God can come through in miraculous ways. It's a pleasant thought.

So here's to finding new opportunities and seizing them!