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Being More About Fishing

I recently discovered (with the help of my coach) a great truth in my life about how I fish and how I lead my life when I’m not fishing.

  1. When I go fishing, I often get to a lake, river or stream unprepared and without expectation, I just wade out and cast my line.
  2. When I go fishing, my gear typically hasn’t been checked or inspected and my flies haven’t been sorted.  I often find out when I’m on the lake that I missing that one fly that I was hoping to use – I shrug it off and stay and fish anyway.
  3. When I go fishing, I usually go alone.  I love the quiet solitude and the freedom to fish (or not) when I am out there floating.
  4. In the winter before I go fishing, I read through three books that I read almost religiously every year before the season.  I set my sights on a new body of water to try my luck – and I dream.
Photo by Kirsty Knudson

Photo by Kirsty Knudson

Fishing gives me solitude, freedom, relaxation, confidence and a quiet acceptance of everything around me.  No need for control, plans or expectation.  Taking fishing to the rest of my life would be life changing and all those wonderful things I mentioned before.

Being more about fishing is more about values and priorities.  Being true and unreserved.  What is your fishing moment?

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Noise

How well do you listen to yourself? I have been exploring this more and more that past few weeks. Listening to yourself takes practice (especially if you have fallen out of touch and need to be reacquainted with your intuition or inner voice). There are a ton of distractions out there that get in the way. One of those distractions is noise.

Noise is all around us. It’s in traffic, the office, at home, at dinner, on TV, on the radio, in the mall and on and on we can find noise and distractions that take us away from hearing ourselves.

I read a great quote this evening from Steve Jobs who had just past away:

“…Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

I found a way to get rid of the noise and listen to myself again. I went fishing, I went running and I breathed deep. I felt the stress, anxiety and unimportant issues leave me. The lesson for me is knowing when to make time (and make it important) to practice listening again so that in times of ‘noise’ all I hear is me!

 

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Here is another article that speaks to making time for peace on Odewire

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