“None of us should be like the fisherman who thinks he has been fishing all day
when in reality he has spent most of his time getting to and from the water, eating lunch, and fussing with his equipment. Fishing success is related to how long you have your line in the water, not to how long you are away from [your house].
Some fishermen are away from home for twelve hours and have their line in the
water for ten hours. Other fishermen are away from home for twelve hours and
have their line in the water for only two hours. This last type may wonder why
they do not have the same success as others.” --Dallin H. Oaks
I've always thought this was an interesting analogy... sometimes I feel like the first fisherman, accomplishing alot during the day- but lately I've been the second, Waking up early for work then after work- not taking advantage of the time I have to do homework, clean, or do the other things that I need. I spend too much time with my line not in the water and, while not expecting, I still hope for the same success as those the "first fisherman" days.
That is one of the most hard things about coming home from a mission. Going from doing something good for other people every minute of every day to becoming, for lack of a better word, Self-serving. I definitely miss those days of accomplishing a million things in one day- granted all of them were focused on one purpose so that made it a little easier. Being home provides the chance to accomplish a million things but they are all in different areas of life... I've never wished there were more hours in a day- until just recently... but it's true.
Guess I should go and get my waders on so I can catch a couple fish for dinner...
Good thing we have people like Dallin H. Oaks in this world to remind us of what we all can do to be a little better. Love it!