In July 2004, the City Council of Monza, a small town in Italy, banned goldfish bowls. They felt strongly that goldfish should be kept in rectangular aquariums rather than in round bowls.
Search your imagination and try to figure out why they made this decision. I have to admit I was stumped on this one.
A statement from the City Council read: “A fish kept in a bowl has a distorted view of reality and suffers because of this.”
In other words, Monza city council members want goldfish, even if they are to live out their days in a glass encasing, to see the world as it truly is.
Have you ever been feeling sad and thought everyone else must also feel sad? Alternatively, have you ever been looking to rent a house or apartment and suddenly realized there are ‘For Rent’ signs everywhere, even though you walked by them unknowingly before?
We don’t see others, but ourselves projected onto others.
Rather than creating our life, we inherit a series of habitual patterns from our parents and others who have significantly influenced us. These habitual patterns, rather than what lies directly in front of us, determine what we see.
This week, identify the lens you cover your eyes with that distorts your view of reality and detracts from the way you experience life.
Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday every other week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).