It is summer and last week we had a heat wave! It was dry and humid at the same time…. How is that possible? Well the sun scorched the earth, all the grass is dying… holding on to hope for rain, and the minute you go out there… forget about it man, your physical body can’t take it, and it breaks you mentally as well! It is just so melty…
Last week I took a half day off and went fishing early morning until about noon. And it was one of the most disappointing and frustrating day of fishing I have ever had in a long time. I caught one fish… which was fine… it was a good one, 2 pounder, which I should be happy about that, but I could not enjoy it, because, I had issue that day… Everything I tried to plan, just did not work out. First place I tried to fish, the water was flooded…. Weird, because I didn’t notice any rain… but it was flooded, and it looked like chocolate milk… I gutted it out trying o fish it…. Not a bite for 3 hours… tried everywhere on that body of water… decided I need to abandon it. Drove to a creek… too many people fishing… don’t feel like fishing a pressured and crowded place…. Next I tried a river… current was pushing too fast, and the water looked like someone after a bad night at taco bell… fished it… lost two lures… so far… not good… so I went to the fourth place…. A lake… lookin good! Clear water, saw bait fish, not many people fishing it… this could work. Never been to this area, so not sure if there are bass, but most likely there are… hiked and found some spots that have the potential for big predatory fish. I caught one fish… but in the process I lost about 6 hooks, 5 lures, and my bag of tackle fell in the water… nice… I have never lost that many hooks or lures before in my life in one fishing outing. I was getting hung up on people’s lines, wedged in rocks, hooks caught on sunken trees… it’s an expensive disaster. All the time this was happening, I could not keep the sun out of my face, as sweat rolled down my face, my glasses kept fogging up… just dying in the heat.
It’s like anything I tried to plan, just did not work out. I caught a fish, which is usually my goal… but I hate losing hooks, and lures… some of those lures have sentimental value, of big fish I caught with them… but they are gone… Every had those days, that just plain make you feel rotten? I hate those days, that when you wake up, you feel all chipper and happy, then slowly the day just gets worse and worse, one thing after another, just making you feel frustrated and disappointed.
So what do we do… I went home… all frustrated and mad, but it was seeing Ben, and him giving me a hug that made my crappy day, feel a little better. Sometimes all we need to someone to tell you that you are awesome.
So this message is for the people who may not have a frustrating day, but it’s nice to make a gesture of giving someone a call, and just telling them they are awesome. It can be random, doesn’t have to have any reason at all. Just like I will tell my wife, that I love her, and she might look at me and say, “what did you do?” Or “why did you say that?” And I said “I love you because of no reason, just because I want to say that.” There never has to be a reason to tell someone that they are awesome.
Words of encouragement and kindness can turn a day around.
Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).