Mali’s Melancholy Meets a Great Big Canadian Sea – More On Transitions

“Writers fish for the right words like fishermen fish for, um, whatever those aquatic creatures with fins and gills are called. 
” (Jarod Kintz, This is the best book I’ve ever written, and it still sucks)

I hate long goodbyes. The last four weeks in Africa are a long, long goodbye.

In my imagination, the ideal goodbye would be for my wife to book our tickets, tell me a fake return date, that is 4 weeks later than the reality. Then two days before it’s actually time to go, spring it on me that we are leaving in two days. I think I would be in heaven.

As you read this, I will be crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the east coast of Canada.

However, I’m ready to go home. Not because I am tired of this place or these people. The Invisible Humanitarian is also a fishing captain, and I really need to get to work on preparing my boat and gear for the coming season. I find my mind is going ‘over there” to the Canadian side almost every day now, with lists of things that I need to take care of when I return. We have some major changes coming for me this year; I am optimistic, but very nervous about it all too.

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.  Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.”(Author Unknown)

Fishing does not net me riches, but it certainly nets me independence, an independence I’m addicted to for life.  As my dad once told me. “You will not get rich, but you will have a roof over your head, food on the table, and you are your own boss each day. Being your own boss is worth $25,000 a year less.”  I get it, it’s hard to work for other people. Some people you can’t please, you can never do enough for.  I am thankful I can be working for me. Just Hope I’m a good boss of myself…. 🙂

Some have accused me of having a little OCD, or even a touch of ADD, but I doubt either is true. However, I do find fishing to be very therapeutic. Good for my mind, and soul.

When they go fishing, it is not really fish they are after.  It is a philosophic meditation.  ~E.T. Brown (Thanks, Walden Woods Project,

“The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.” (George Bernard Shaw)

How many people have a job where they get to watch the sunrise every day for 6 months of the year? Well, I suppose, how many really want a job like that? 😉

“A poor fisherman who knows the beauties of the misty mornings is much richer than a wealthy man who sleeps till noon in his palace!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

It was a very productive term and now I’m ready to hit the ship’s deck. If you knew how much I can’t tell here, you’d be shocked. You are reading only the tip of the iceberg. Maybe someday we can sit in person and I can tell the rest of the stories?

For now I have to keep focusing on the transition from one place to the other.

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Stumbled on this quote from the Bible too. I’m counting on it today….

If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed…
The Lord will guide you always;
He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land…
You will be like a well-watered garden,
Like a spring whose waters never fail.”
(Isaiah 58:10-11)

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