- Personal Development
I took my nephew fishing for his birthday outing this past weekend. It was hot and humid—not a single breeze stirred the air. I came there with the single-minded intent that we were going to catch fish and have us a great time—yes, we were!
We took a piece of bread, rolled it up into a ball and stuck it onto our hooks, then plopped it into the water and waited patiently. Time and time again, we pulled the line up from the water only to find an empty hook gleaming in the hot sun. Well, after multiple wads of bread got nibbled off our hooks, I became a bit disenchanted. Sweat was trickling down my neck—and I was just standing still! It didn’t help when a bunch of students from Japan decided to invade our fishing spot—OUR fishing spot, mind you! Worse, they started pulling fish out of the water, one after another. Very disturbing.
But then I took a mental step back, and a thought, like a still, small voice spoke to me. “Am I really here to catch fish?” Glancing over at my nephew, his face filled with quiet determination, I realized my purpose in coming here was to spend time with him. It wasn’t about the fish. Long story short, he caught four fish, I caught three, and we went home satisfied.
The lesson I learned there wasn’t about how to catch fish, but why. It’s easy to get caught up in the how and the what, and get caught up in the flurry of activities that go with that, but do we really know why we do what we do? Take the time to be on purpose.
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