Do you remember the story of Cinderella? It’s about how girl’s fairy godmother helps her get away from her wicked stepmother, and she consequently ends up marrying a prince. Yeh-Shen is the Chinese counterpart of this story. In it, the girl is kind to a Koi-fish, feeding it everyday, and showing it love and attention. It was the only thing in the girl’s life which brought her joy.
One day the stepmother, jealous of Yeh-Shen’s attention to the fish, kills the creature and serves it to the family for dinner. Yeh-Shen was sad at the loss of her friend, and kept the bones as a reminder of their times together. The girl starts speaking to the fish, telling it about her life and her heart’s desires. As a result, in the end, Yeh-Shen gets what she wanted – all because she spoke to a fish.
How often do you keep things to ourselves? How many times have you let the things that you’ve wanted to say die on your lips?
Speak up for yourself! Maybe you’re not getting what you want out of life because your lips are shut? You don’t have to tell the world, or the first person you see, but can you admit, out loud, to yourself, the things that you want?
Or, perhaps, you need to have a talk with a fish.