"Fishing gives you a sense of where you fit in the scheme of things - Your place in the universe...I mean, here I am, one small guy with a fishing rod, on this vast sea, and out there in the vast expanse of the ocean are these hundreds of millions of fish...laughing at me." ~Author Unknown
After church and a quick lunch, we headed for the lake. It was a beautiful day with warm weather, slight breezes, and nothing better to do than spend some time out on a boat.
My expectations for catching fish were low...have fished this lake numerous times with little to tell about. Today was different. I was the first to catch a fish and the only one of us who caught more than one...two and a half. The half was the one that never made it into the boat. It was a little fella who I think got snagged accidentally by the lure as we trolled by; he jumped into the air and slipped right off the hook as I started reeling him in. The official catches were a pickerel and a bass. Alex caught a bass, too, and was pretty excited about it. He's also excited to be moving up to a bigger pole these days. We've almost worn the little poles out after 6 years of use.
(Yes, since the camera is insured, I took it along for the ride. We all made it off the water just fine...for which I am really thankful. :) )
I reminded myself of this recently.
It's not about me at all, this wellness journey I am on to a healhier version of myself.
Not at all.
Never has been, really.
It is about the people who invest in me. My husband. My boys. My family. My friends.
They all share themselves with me. When I am not at my best, I'm not giving them a good return for their investment.
They get the tired looks, the lack of energy excuses, and the wimpy "maybe next time" cop outs. I have come to realize that those that take precious time to invest in me deserve better from me. I need to adhere to the direction given on any flight I've ever been on that goes something like this: make sure your own oxygen mask is properly secured before helping others. If I don't take care of myself first, my ability to care for others effectively diminishes quickly. My choosing clean eating, drinking enough water, and exercising on a daily basis is how I put on my mask first. Am I perfect at meeting the n…