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Topic: Fishing (06/07/04)
TITLE: Fishing for Compliments
By Lana Fletcher
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The dictionary gives two definitions of fishing.
1. To catch or try to catch fish.
I have never caught a fish or even tried to catch a fish so it would be hard for me to write about it, since fiction is not my style.
Two of the idioms listed under fishing describe my experience with fishing for fish. I am like a fish out of water--completely unfamiliar with one's surroundings or activity and I feel like I have other fish to fry--other matters to attend to.
But the second definition I do all the time.
2. To seek something in a sly or indirect way, to seek to draw forth: fish for compliments.
When I get my hair styled and wear a special outfit, I am fishing for a compliment.
When I cook a tasty meal, I am fishing for a compliment.
When I point out something good I’ve done, I am fishing for a compliment.
When I help someone, I am fishing for a compliment.
When I do my best in a class, I am fishing for a compliment.
When I write this story, I am fishing for a compliment!
But when I spend time with God all I have to do is believe to receive His “Well done, good and faithful servant.” In fact His rule is “No Fishing Allowed.”