How is a business meeting like fly-fishing? I don’t know.

Step Twelve: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Something about the way they flick their wrists and have the fly just dance upon the top of the water. The second it touches the surface they’re already pulling back, the looping slack catching. They entice the fish. Tease the fish. Play with the fish.

Now, let’s pretend that people in my business meeting are fish. In the past I would have attempted to bludgeon them with a hammer. It would seem so easy at first; and the most effective. That is, until my hammer hits the water and all my force is dissipated. I make a giant mess, scare all the fish away, and alienate my coworkers.

This fish analogy, by the way, can be applied to any social situation. As long as I understand I’m not actually trying to bully people, or get them to see things my way.

Maybe we’re actually all fishermen, and I need to stop hammering the lake.

I must remember: fishing doesn’t mean I end up soaked.


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