The Small Things

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I like seeing things.
A strangers smile and nod.
The woodpeckers hole in a tree.
A slight tug on a fishing rod.
They never cease to inspire me.
A strangers smile and nod.
Who are you? Do I know you? What do you do? Why are you happy? Where are you going?
The woodpeckers hole in a tree.
Where did you go? What happened to you? Is there something else in there? Did you have a family? How old is the hole?
A slight tug on a fishing rod.
What is it? How big is it? Where? Can I catch it? Will I miss it?
They never cease to inspire me.
Why do you inspire me?
Now, this is the basis of my hesitancy towards spending my time watching TV.
How we learn and what we use to learn are just as important as the actual material. In reality, when we watch movies, all that moves is our eyes. We see but we see only what they want us to see.
When I go fishing, I’m constantly aware of my surroundings, have to tie on lures and hooks, have to pay attention to my other rods, have to decide what to use and why, have to focus and exercise patience. Then a fish bites, I have to first set the hook in its mouth, then reel it in so the line doesn’t snap which I manage by muscle memory, keep the rod trip high, reel when it stops, let it go when it fights. As it gets closer I have to decide how to land it, plant my foot carefully on the rocks, managing a rod in one hand and a net in the other. After I net it I have to hold the fish gently yet firmly to get the hook out. I have a decision here, cut the line or pull it out. It swallowed the hook, I cut the line. I put it in the water, it flips belly up. I hold it and begin to revive it with subtle movements back and forth to push oxygen through its gasping gills. When it’s ready, I let go and it slinks off into the depths.
People say fishing is boring, have you actually tried?
If I watch a movie, my mind may move and learn but my body stays immobile.
There is a disconnect between the two components that make us, us.
Getting out and doing things that move our bodies and our minds compel us to see the small things.

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