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Oceans for Emotions: Catch and release

Nov. 18, 2011 at 5:18 a.m.

Elaine Wheat

By Elaine Wheat

"God loveth a cheerful giver."

- II Corinthians 9:7

Today, I went fishing and caught a good keeper fish, but I threw it back. I usually don't believe in catch-and-release with keeper fish, but today it seemed as though God was actually demanding that I do that. I made Him cheerful.

Last week, somehow it became the first week I missed writing my column, Oceans for Emotions, since the early 1980s.

I was sick, so I called the lady at the Victoria Advocate, who is used to getting my column each week, and told her I was too sick to write it. She said that it was no problem, and she would just run one from the past, since I had been so faithful.

She mentioned it to her boss that was over her and was told that we could not do it. She notified me by email that it had to be a new one, and I did not read my email since I was so sick. Thusly, there was not an article last week, and we all blamed each other and felt badly about it, so that is why I am doing "Catch and Release" in order to keep the Ocean from getting mad at me, too.

I did learn one thing from being a cheerful giver. I had a whole bunch of truly gracious friends, who I never knew I even had, who called my house and in muted tones asked how I was, or was I dead because they knew I never missed an article.

I just assured them that I was well and would have an article in the next week's Advocate.

Dear Lord: Giving that next fish back I caught out of my "Oceans for Emotions" when I got well helped me find a bunch of new fishing friends, who I never knew read my article or cared about the writer. Thank you for teaching me that giving one fish away made my soul feel more full and my heart more cheerful than if I had just kept it and let my stomach be fatter.

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