Oceans For Emotions: You can't run with a full bucket

By Elaine Wheat
Dec. 21, 2012 at 6:21 a.m.

"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they toil not, neither do they spin."

- Matthew 6:28

We have turned pre-Christmas into a time of running around in circles until we meet our ends. I'm a fisherwoman and not a philosopher. I have learned "you can't run with a full bucket."

It is just a short distance from where I get my live shrimp and put it in my bait bucket to where I use my live shrimp out of my bucket.

That does not sound like much of a problem, but it is. There is no way you can fish with live bait that is dead. So, I am faced with a problem. How do I get the shrimp into the water before they die?

Experiment No. 1: Fill the bait bucket as full of water as possible and drive as slowly as possible down the wave washed road. I tried this, and by the time I got to my fishing spot, half of the shrimp were dead and half of the shrimp water was making a tidal wave on the floor mat of car. "You can't run with a full bucket."

Experiment No. 2: Fill the bucket with less water and drive as fast as possible. After tearing down the road, I found that half of the shrimp were dead, probably from shock and fear. The rest of them seemingly refused to come out from the safety of their bait bucket and just hid away, fully traumatized. "You can't run with a full bucket."

Experiment No.3: Hold the full bait bucket out of the car window and drive one-handed down to the fishing spot. This worked. All of the shrimp lived, but have you ever tried to cast with a half-dead arm?

"You can't run with a full bucket."

Dear Lord, at this pre-Christmas time, life seems filled with many problems and only mini-seconds. Slow me down and help me to find the right pace. If I don't seek pace, I'll miss the "Peace on Earth."

You may purchase my book "Oceans for Emotions" by Elaine Wheat, Vol. III at the Victoria Advocate for $10. You may call the Victoria Advocate at 361-575-1451 to have the books mailed to you for an extra, small fee.



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