The day looked promising. The morning was clear and calm, and the guys enjoyed a beautiful sunrise on the water. The charter captain had fifteen lines in the water as they slowly trolled through areas known for abundant results.
By the end of the morning, they had enjoyed abundant conversation, but had only one small fish to show for their efforts. We grilled it and turned it into a delicious dip for crackers, but it didn’t exactly stretch to create a meal. Our son had a wonderful time, undeterred by the meager catch for the day. We were thankful for the 15 lines in the water that day, recognizing that without them, we wouldn’t have had even one fish!
I think there are many areas of life where it is important to at least “have lines in the water” if we hope to “catch” anything. Often, a particular process may seem daunting, and may take considerable time to note progress or celebrate success. Yet there are things we can do to increase our opportunities for “catching” what we are pursuing. Consider these:
- SECURING EMPLOYMENT: Although a person may need only one job, it may take multiple (dozens or more…?) of applications submitted before being chosen by an employer.
- MAKING FRIENDS: It can take countless friendly gestures (smiles, greetings, questions, compliments time spent with a person) before a friendship blossoms. Although we may extend these overtures to many people, more than likely not all will become friends.
- Can you think of other examples? I hope you’ll email them to me or comment on Facebook or share them below.
Sometimes it’s tempting to assume we’re doing something wrong when we aren’t successful at something we’re trying to achieve. I first try to remind myself that I “won’t catch anything if I don’t have a line in the water,” and make sure I am “putting myself out there” where I am more likely to succeed. Then I have to remind myself to be patient and persistent, as some of these things take time, and may be dependent on other conditions outside of my control.
What are you “fishing” for? I’m wishing you patience and persistence as you continue to put “lines in the water,” preparing for your success!