What’s in the word “Fishing?”

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

  • Henry David Thoreau


Think about it – when we are young children we would more than likely sneak down to the living room and check out how many presents were under the tree Christmas Eve – just fishing for an idea of what mom or dad may have gotten us.

In our high-school years, we fish for comments as to which girl might have a hankering towards us so that we might just pick a date for the high-school prom.

Fishing was also another name for a strategy used by guys on the beach to pick up chicks.

On the assumption that we truly loved to fish – who couldn’t wait for that vacation so that we might throw the fishing gear in the back of our truck and head out for some peace and solitude just fishing, drinking beer, and telling stories about the big one that got away..

And then there are the one-uppers who are always fishing for information to use to their advantage as they attempt to move up the ladder of success at work.

Me, well, truth-be-told, I used to love to go fishing when I was a kid but nowadays the only fishing I seem to do is fish for ideas to use in this blog, on my other site – retirement-online.com and when I am seeking ideas for my monthly column “Irwin Ponders” in our community newsletter. Good news is – it is working!

With that let me end this post with an old  but very familiar Chinese proverb:

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”




About iglengel

Welcome to my blog: I retired in September of 1996 after twenty-five years as an Underwriting Manager (and one year with a smaller insurance company) and have written blog postings on the website Retirement-online.com prior to setting up this Word Press free site. Having retired almost twenty years ago I have experienced my own retirement transition. I survived and you will too. Oddly enough, now that I have more time, I am discovering various things about myself that I would not have imagined myself doing in retirement. Why does it take so long for, we as individuals, to stop and think about ME!? Join me as I share with you some of the shenanigans we have been up to since retiring. Retirement is and can be a whole lot of fun. Welcome to my site – remember – retirement is not the destination we are seeking – it is the journey! I encourage you to visit often, provide comments, ask questions and add your own insights. We are all on this journey together.
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3 Responses to What’s in the word “Fishing?”

  1. Love the quote and funny thing is I read it earlier in the day when I was surfing for quotes to post. So Irwin i trust you had a merry Christmas – here’s wishing you a fantastic New Year and hopefully you will return to blogging a bit more. Now I am ashamed that I somehow missed this blog of yours – eeek…. I hope you and your family are all. Looking forward to reading the rants… take care regrds Bella.

  2. thinkinkadia says:

    My guess in that case is cliche’ like, that common denominator to all the above mentioned fishing efforts must be looking for happiness, and the peace therein👍
    We are basically so simple!

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