This sculpture sits on a shelf in my office. It’s a depiction of the resurrected Jesus, appearing to His Apostles at the Sea of Tiberius. In the story, the Apostles have been out fishing, and have returned home unsuccessful. Jesus, standing on the shore, tells them to go out again, only this time to cast their nets on the other side of the boat. They do as instructed, and this time they catch so many fish, there’s not enough room in the boat.
Sometimes life is like that. We pursue a particular path, and no matter how hard we try, we just can’t seem to find the success we seek. That promotion you’ve been waiting for doesn’t come through, or you’re downsized, or you get negative feedback on a review. It can be deeply discouraging. However, consider what might happen if we were to make a change, and either adjust our sails, or try a new technique. Of course, we might still fail. But it’s also possible that we might gain something even better in the long run. The potential benefits far outweigh the risks.
Is there a situation in your life or career, where you keep coming up empty? If so, consider what you can do to cast your net on the other side, and make an adjustment. You’ll be glad you did.
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