Fishing and Back to School
August 06, 2014
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Fishing and Back to School…


            There is a reason why fishermen (and fisherwomen) get up early.

            We ready our gear, check our tackle, secure our boats, and head out in search of the next big fish.  The key to fishing is to get to the right place at the right time when the fish are hungry.  Then, you must have the knowledge, luck, and experience to use the right bait and the necessary skills to get the fish into the boat.

            Sometimes, the leader breaks or the fish spits the hook.

            Sometimes, you foul hook a fish that never should have been caught.  

            Sometimes, it works out.  Other times, it doesn’t.

            That is why it’s called fishing and not catching.

            Every sunrise represents potential.  Anything can happen.  The sun comes up, the lines go out, and the waiting begins.  The dawn of a new day brings about the possibility of a personal best or a new state record. 

            You just never know what might be out there.

            If you think about it, there’s a similar feel around town this time of year.  Many of our kids, students, teachers, athletes, coaches, band members, cheerleaders, neighbors, volleyball players, and friends are preparing for another year of school.  The sun is just coming up on a new day.  The water is clear and flat and filled with potential.

            This year, there will be success and there will be failure.  That can be assured.  The year promises both laughter and tears.  Hopefully, more of the former than the latter.  The future is open, blue water with limitless potential. 

            Anything can happen and everything is possible.  There are championships to be won and futures to be made.  Someone has to succeed and it might as well be one of us.

            Encourage them all to get out there, give of themselves, take some calculated risks, work harder, get better every day, and see what might be at the end of that line.

            Potential is never reached sitting back at the dock.  You never know what you can do until you try.

            Come to think of it, maybe we should all live that way.  Like each day is a new trip to the perfect fishing hole where anything good might happen.

            That wouldn’t be a bad world.

            Until next week, keep smiling.


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