In preparation for my newest tattoo I am going to share the story of the koi.
Many years ago, during the time of the gods in China, a school of koi fish decided to swim up the Huang He (Yellow River).
Soon they came to a great waterfall.
Some of the koi decided that the waterfall was too dangerous and turned back.
Others decided to try and swim up the waterfall but after several attempts they decided that it was too difficult and turned back.
A few of the koi however decided that they would not let the waterfall beat them so they continued to swim. Regardless of how tired they got or how many times they were swept back down stream they continued, swimming and jumping up the waterfall.
Then it happened.
A koi that had been beaten back and swept away a hundred times made it to the top of the waterfall.
The gods saw this tired and bruised little koi and they were in awe of its tenacity. So they turned the koi into a dragon.
The dragon koi flew into the sky and thanked the gods then returned to his school to show them that the difficult path is not impossible and that overcoming hardships has great rewards.
Side note – How about clean water this week:
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