As I paddled backwards I watched Netter working on her reel and line and realized that for the first time, in pretty much ever, I was going to have to do this myself.
I maneuvered the canoe so it angled just so. Quietly I put down my
paddle and picked up my rod. A quick side arm flick of the wrist putting
my line exactly where I knew he was...
Pow, the fish grabbed my artificial worm and started to swim.
I started to reel him in, then remembered that I needed to be more
patient and not let him jump, or otherwise find a way to pull away from
my line... and there he was.
I put down my fishing pole and pulled the fish from the water I could
see that he wasn’t all that special. Average size, not all that big, not
even as big as two I had caught the day before actually, but there was a
didn’t wait for Netter to help paddle me into position, or wait for her
to say: “Good cast Honey,” to know I had gotten it right. I had put all
the lessons of our 19 previous trips to Akita,
everything Ranger Annette, (as we only half jokingly call her) and her
Dad had taught me, grabbed opportunity by the hand and I just caught it.
I mean I just did it.
You know... like the Nike commercial.
Incredible satisfaction, the only one of my fish we took a picture of the whole weekend in fact.
Today, I am focusing on that as we mark the 18th anniversary of the passing of our daughter Meghan Joy.
I’m reflecting a lot on past and current successes and wondering why sometimes it takes me so long to learn.
Just do it Jim!
In February of last year I let loose my rant of a lifetime...
Because I wasn’t getting anything done.
For the remainder of 2011 I tried to “get stuff done.”
I had my three words
and I tried to stick to those, but as 2012 approached I realized that I
wasn’t going to accomplish everything I had set out to in 2011, and I
needed to find more time, to get stuff done.
held off talking about it here because I didn’t want to have yet
another - New Year’s or Lenten resolution, reflection, good gawd you’re
making me gag with all this mushy, gushy life is too short, fulfill your
dreams blah, blah, blah, blah, BLAH... and so on...
But as I sit here today and think about Meghan Joy, the Foundation we have established in her memory, and the children we have helped because of her with our golf tournament and bowling outing, I can’t help but think about how important it is to actually DO things.
I did that little time study last year I started doing things. Instead
of finding systems, and books, and ways to get organized and accomplish
more, and blah, blah, blah... I just started doing things.
This pile - where does it go? Move it!
That pile - what do I need to do with that? Do it!
That phone call. That letter. Make it. Send it.
Just do it.
still becomes quite a process sometimes, and I admit that I still
overthink things, and I am very guilty of finding tasks that “need to be
done,” to replace tasks that “really need to be done.” (I call this
cleaning the junk drawer, a theory derived from this article by one of my favorite writers.)
I’ve been steadily pecking away at things, finding the most success
with getting healthy - which I thought would actually be the most
difficult of the 3 words I wanted to tackle. (Or maybe getting healthy
is cleaning out my junk drawer.)
I've been working on it since March 12 because I was supposed to start working with a trainer
that day, but hurt my knee. I had to rehab it anyway so I stuck to the
diet part of the deal and started with work in the hot tub, then
walking, skating, onto the elliptical, and a new obsession with biking. I
just told the trainer I would probably not be back because I really
enjoy the cardio work I’ve been doing, although I really do get a lot
from being on his email list with the fitness information he shares. I
must confess I don’t agree with all of it, but I am learning and also
remembering a lot from when I worked out as a young person.
done something every day since with a couple of exceptions. I took the
first weekend of March Madness off to spend time with buddies doing what
buddies do when they are watching basketball. Would not have been a
pretty calorie count, although I did cut out the fried food, pizza, and
such after day 1. I also sometimes cheat on Saturdays and depending what
I'm doing that can get a little out of hand. I'm coming into this with
an open mind trying to learn and make changes that will be long term. As
of today I’m proud to report I’ve lost 15 pounds and I’m halfway to my
the meantime, aside from the health kick I’m just doing the work. It
takes me away from the blog and some other mediums more than I’d like,
but in the long haul I think it will make for more quality in all areas
of my life.
I am resolved to make it so.
16 hours ago