The Tale of the Fisherman

The sound of the waves crashing on the shore always bring me peace. If serenity had specific features, surely this must be one of them. This type of tranquility is both unmatched and irreplaceable. It’s been almost two years since I’ve been back in my native homeland of Barbados. The last time I was here I celebrated my Grandmother’s 90thbirthday along with other family members. The trip seemed to bring clarity to my ever-wandering mind. My pathways always displayed vivid illumination after being in Barbados. Anything that would trouble my mind or spirit did not matter in the moment. Somehow, I would find the answers for the questions I harbored. If I didn’t, I would undoubtedly learn some type of lesson during my journey. Cursed is the wanderer who roams aimlessly through life. Not only is he or she a disservice to themselves, but they are doing a disservice to the world.

I came to this realization many years ago. In every encounter and experience, there is something to be gained from it. So, it was only right that I was reminded of this while sitting by the sea shore. As I gazed off in the distance, I saw a light near the rocks that was at the edge of the pier. A few minutes later, this same light came closer towards where I was sitting. An older gentleman had a flashlight and bucket in hand. I thought to myself, “Why would he be out here this late?” It was after midnight and there was no reason to be walking along the beach so late with the tools he had. We exchanged pleasantries as he walked by, and I noticed he also had a net, rod, and bait. I watched him try to catch fish from multiple spots that night.

First, he would get his bait together and next he would toss it out into the ocean and wait patiently. I watched him from a distance for an hour try to catch something. Whether he was successful or not, I couldn’t tell you because I started to get tired. Regardless of him catching any fish, he taught me something valuable that night. How often do we set a goal for ourselves and give up shortly after receiving no results? In our minds, we believe that our reward should come in a certain amount of time. When this does not happen, we are quick to throw in the towel and move on. The patience and relentlessness of this fisherman spoke volumes to me. There on the beach I came face to face with one of my fallacies. I tend to lack patience and perseverance at times. 

Blame it on human nature if you must. We all need a scapegoat to make us feel better about our shortcomings. However, until we stop making excuses, and make a proper self-assessment we are destined to fail. Countless times I had a temper tantrum or got impatient waiting for a reward I thought I deserved. I had it wrong the whole time. My lack of patience and persistence is something that I’m still working on. I am not saying I am a quitter, but I am saying that I need to adjust my perspective on certain things. When the going gets tough, we must endure. Persist knowing that your reward will always come. It may not be today, tomorrow, next week, or next year, but it will come. Grow into the person who deserves the desires of your heart. Do this, and with patience and persistence, you can achieve anything you want in this life. 

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