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22nd April
2010
written by Susan

Last night I was lured into watching one of the many interesting programs on the World Fishing Network (yeah, it’s fishing 24/7 plus lots of beautiful scenery). This particular show featured a well-known legend. The man LOVES to fish! He’s got his own program and all the best sponsors and gear. He understands the sport, and as a result – he catches and gently releases lots of fish. You can clearly see that he is grateful for the opportunity to be on the water, and genuinely happy to share his wisdom with the rest of us.

So imagine my surprise at getting personally “hooked up” by the work of this crafty fisherman during the final seconds of the show. He cast this comment into the ether of television land, and I took the bait.

 “I used to fish for a living… now, I live to fish”.

A giant smile crossed his face as the camera zoomed in for a close-up. I swear the guy was glowing like a shiny Big Mouth bass! He looked absolutely joyful.

 No doubt, this is a man who has realized his dream and is living it.

I was touched by his sincerity and genuine desire to share the details of his wonderful life. Obviously he’d crossed The Bridge and ended up Somewhere really special – from fishing for a living to living to fish. What happened that enabled him to get to the other side and live his passion?

I’ve been contemplating that question most of the afternoon and have come to this conclusion: it was a matter of personal choice. At some point in time, he must have made a conscious decision, a choice to – live to fish.

Really? Could it be that simple? Perhaps, let’s run through an example to see if it  makes sense.

You need to make a living; you like fishing and are a decent fisherman, so you find that you can fish and generate income. Sweet. You improve your skills and reinvest profits in upgrading your gear. As a result you catch more fish, build your reputation and sponsors, and grow your business and income. Each year the cycle continues. You crank faster and harder. Then one day you wake up to realize you’ve become a fishing machine!

You make decent money. You fish every day. But something’s missing.

Where did the JOY of fishing go?

You have reached the pinnacle of fishing for a living. And you realize that the fishing machine is driving the boat full speed ahead. No wonder the joy is missing from your fishing experience. Now what?

By waking up to the reality of your situation, you take the first step to reclaiming the live to fish dream. Take heart – obviously our fishing legend found himself here too – he used to fish for a living, remember?

So how do you make the transition – to get into the glorious position of living your dream? Interestingly enough, the answers are found in the first paragraph of this post.

What empowers the process and facilitates your passage is the way in which you live to fish.

I’ll repeat the first paragraph and highlight the key attributes to show you what I mean.

The man LOVES to fish! He’s got his own program and all the best sponsors and gear. He understands the sport, and as a result – he catches and gently releases lots of fish. You can clearly see that he is grateful for the opportunity to be on the water, and genuinely happy to share his wisdom with the rest of us.

We can choose how to live while on the path to fulfillment of our dreams. It seems to me that is where our focus needs to be. By living your passion in every moment…with LOVE, with understanding, gently, gratefully, genuinely, happily, in service, with wisdom…your destiny is fulfilled. You are sure to catch yourself smiling and glowing – just like a Big Mouth bass about to be released.

You can start living right here, right now. Wherever you are. Whatever your passion.

May you find your way.

Gracefully.

1 Comment

  1. Courtney
    30/05/2010

    wow. love this post. such a simple idea, yet it requires something that can be forgotten, consciousness. great reminder!

    so… i am striving to LIVE TO TEACH. :)