We took our children and grandchildren for a beach vacation in Montauk, NY last week. And, one of the highlights was a day on the pier near Navy Road. It’s a long pier, perfect for family fishing.

If you have ever gone fishing, you know that catching is not necessarily part of fishing on any given day.  In fact, a lot of fishing is getting your gear set and then putting your line in the water…and waiting. It seems there are two ways to wait: patiently and impatiently. The first generates a stillness. The second creates distress.

And,  just when you might think “there are no fish here,” your fishing rod takes a dive toward the water and shouts of “Fish On!!!” ring through the family. And there is excitement for the child furiously reeling in the imagined “big one” and renewed hope for the rest of us.

Seeing fishing through the eyes of a five-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl patiently waiting, checking their lines, re-baiting their hooks, and then screaming with delight, I was reminded of what is often missing in the way we work.

This week, set your intention, have patience and notice the action in your line. When you get a hit from the fish you are intending to land, reel it in furiously.

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