My back was turned for about 1min. I was already untangling someone else’s line. Kids eh. Untangling fishing line is not that fun.
As soon as I would get one fishing pole line untangled I had to do another. I could feel the emotion starting to bubble up: Anger.
I’m not sure how they did it but two others got their fishing pole stuck in a tree. I got the poles down, and this was the result:
“How did you do this buddy?” I said to the little guy.
“Not sure. Was just trying to cast. I’ve never done this before.” he replied.
I then took a deep breath. And started to become mindful of a few things:
- How my body was feeling – hydrated, not hungry
- How hot it was – 43 degrees
- Where we were – fishing at the side of a river
- Who I was with – friends and kids
What happend as a result of me becoming mindful of my anger? I relaized I shouldn’t be complaining about fishing outside in the sun during the summer. I’m lucky to be doing this.
I could of made some terrible life choices and given a shitty life deal and not been able to go fishing. I could of been getting in a shootout with cops (#Strathroy).
This mindfulness process was about 20 seconds long. Anyone can do this. Of course I didn’t invent this. I’m here telling you that it works. Try it yourself the next time your’re feeling that anger bubble up.
Ultimately these are some thoughts about graditude and controlling your anger in the moment.
Has anyone else been fishing this summer?
(I missed 1 day out of Lucky’s 7 Day Challenge. That’s okay. I’m going to write 2 tonight. Any of you bloggers out there are more than welcome to join us in our writing challenge!)