GONE FISHING

Fishing the Yakima River
Sometimes doing creative work reminds me of fishing.

You throw in a line, watch it float down the river, and then reel it in, empty. Repeat, again and again. At least, that’s how it was for me as a kid. My family would pull in rainbow after rainbow. Me? No nibbles, no bites, no strikes. Finally, one day, I gave up. My father, yielding to my despair, steered the boat to the dock and let me off. I stood by the marsh-pond that edged the lake. Suddenly, a frog leaped out of the cattails to catch the worm that dangled from my line, and he was firmly hooked! I caught lots of frogs that day.

What I learned from those angling holidays was when you come up empty the only thing to do is to let go of the goal you’re pursuing, and to explore something else.

I’ve been writing this blog for a year and a half, and I have to admit, when I started it, I wasn’t entirely enamored with the genre. I found most blogs difficult to read, and what they offered usually wasn’t worth the effort. But I wanted a space to share meaningful and inspirational experiences.

Maybe I’m a slow learner, but I’ve finally come to see that I need to approach this blog as if I’ve gone fishing, and instead of trying to angle for rainbows I’ll relax into catching frogs.

The worm has turned! Stay tuned.

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