Giant Trout Mauls Author-to-be!
(Yours truly, at Wall Drug, S.D, hollering: “Catch and release!“)
Too many responsibilities ever sink double rows of teeth into your day?
Lately, my chores seem to spawn more work as I sleep. I rise feeling half as alert and twice as behind.
Walk, worship, exercise. Cook. Clean. Connect with others. Submit work, proof galleys, study technology, and research marketing strategies.
How do I hit “reset” today, rather than the panic button?
One can feel swamped yet refuse to drown
Catch and Release is a recreational fishing practice. “Because a fish is too valuable to only catch once,” one angler website declares.*
Well, we’re valuable too. God’s word says so.
The website adds: “Releasing a fish safely with minimal harm is key to helping it survive.”
How might I adapt this concept for a demanding week? Unhook from overwhelm? Catch today’s wide-mouth pressures before they swallow me?
Here’s my plan:
Klein Catch and Release Caper
- Pinpoint underlying message. (e.g. “Dog hair everywhere proves I’m a rotten housekeeper” and “If I screw up these proofs, readers will know I’m a fraud.”)
- Consider: Might I be overreacting, ever-so-slightly?
- Big exhaaaaale. Empty lungs, while thinking “Lord, I trust you.”
- Welcome next inhale as a gift—with thanks.
- Enjoy 2-3 more slow breaths. Savor oxygen percolating through system. Relish ensuing peace.
- Begin next task.
My goal is to practice this all week, between chores—2 minutes max—to catch defeatist thoughts, and release self-imposed stress.
What I’ve found, so far
With each intentional, grateful breath urgency ebbs. Ensuing peace brims, replete with possibility. It makes me want to do the next chore wholeheartedly.
For me, the trust it takes to enter 2 minutes of focused attention ushers in a different kind of knowing.
On the surface it appears that Life has again dropped me in over my head.
Look deeper and questions arise. Is everything on today’s checklist a priority? And what are my motives?
God invites me toward action—but not so I can impress others. Or burnish the divine reputation. Or prove something to myself.
I am invited to work in the loving company of God.
One more angle
I want to absorb God’s peace gratefully. Listen well. Then practice co-creation. I believe there is enough time and strength to accomplish what God asks of me.
A fishing ditty comes to mind.
The important part of fishing ain’t the fish but the fishing,
the important part of loving is love.
The important part of doing most anything you’re doing
is doing it with all of your heart.**
“Nothing can be more useful to a man [or woman] than a determination not to be hurried,” wrote Thoreau.
What makes you feel rushed?
Maybe it’s a looming deadline.
A scary appointment.
Seeing your schedule rudely invaded.
Or fears for your children, a friend, a spouse.
Or maybe you just feel gummed over by the Big Bad Worry Fish.
Might a breather help you regroup?
MAKING IT PERSONAL:
Want to try the Klein Catch-and Release Caper with me this week? Leave me a comment on how it works for you between chores. I’d love to learn from your discoveries.
*Sea Grant, University of Florida website: http://catchandrelease.org/
**IF YOU LIKE FISHING (and have $.99 to burn), enjoy the above song here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fishing-music/id219700252