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Pamela Positive:  Fishing Is Not About the Fish – It’s About You

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“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish that they are after” 

         Henry David Thoreau

American Naturalist, Essayist,

Poet, and Philosopher.

Peace.  Calm.  Connecting with nature.  These are all reasons to be fishing and out on the river or lake.


It’s not just about hooking a fish…

It’s not just about gaining a trophy. 


 It is about appreciating the land, the water, and the mental freedom.


When we are in nature, we allow our mind to flow just as the river flows across the lake,


or just as a stream gently tumbles down over different rocks. 


When we do this, our mind can work through many issues, challenges, and problems.  It can actually help your heart become at ease… and to have peace.  This is a huge help to any challenge we may face.  

It’s not just about the problems, either.  It’s also about just recentering.  This recentering allows us to get in touch with ourselves and do a check in.  Are we on track?  Are we headed in the way that we want to be?  Do I have balance?  Am I spending my time the way that I want to…?  


The flow of the water, the flow of the river, the flow of nature helps us to be in touch and ensure we are centered on the right things.  We are recalibrating, recentering, repurposing.  It is a gift to have this time “fishing” in nature.


Sometimes,  I think through this peaceful process, we are fishing for our true selves.  You want to make sure that we hooking ourselves into the right life purpose, right career, right job, right amount of time spent with friends, right amount of time spent with family, right amount of time spent with our life partner, and I am not neglecting anything or fishing to find our truth.

Next time you are out with your pole, remember why you are there.  It is not really about catching fish; it is about getting your peace, and catching yourself.

Happy Fishing and Recentering – Now Go Catch Yourself!   


Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) was an American philosopher, poet, and environmental scientist whose major work, Walden, draws upon each of these identities in meditating on the concrete problems of living in the world as a human being. He sought to revive a conception of philosophy as a way of life, not only a mode of reflective thought and discourse.

Thoreau’s work was informed by an eclectic variety of sources. He was well-versed in classical Greek and Roman philosophy, ranging from the pre-Socratics through the Hellenistic schools, and was also an avid student of the ancient scriptures and wisdom literature of various Asian traditions. He was familiar with modern philosophy ranging from Descartes, Locke and the Cambridge Platonists through Emerson, Coleridge, and the German Idealists, all of whom are influential on Thoreau’s philosophy. He discussed his own scientific findings with leading naturalists of the day, and read the latest work of Humboldt and Darwin with interest and admiration. His philosophical explorations of self and world led him to develop an epistemology of embodied perception and a non-dualistic account of mental and material life. In addition to his focus on ethics in an existential spirit, Thoreau also makes unique contributions to ontology, the philosophy of science, and radical political thought. Although his political essays have become justly famous, his works on natural science were not even published until the late twentieth century, and they help to give us a more complete picture of him as a thinker. Among the texts he left unfinished was a set of manuscript volumes filled with information on Native American religion and culture.

Thoreau’s work anticipates certain later developments in pragmatism, phenomenology, and environmental philosophy, and poses a perennially valuable challenge to our conception of the methods and intentions of philosophy itself.

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