One Liner for Real Life

    After my incident with the raccoon, I realized my entrance one liners needed some work. Saying Hello to the would be bear, while effective, didn’t really deliver the mood I was hoping for. I had planned on it being frightening and ended up with a friendly greeting. 

    With things that don’t speak our language it’s the intent that matters. I still failed on the delivery, but I was focused on what to say not how I said it. I could have said HELLO in the most frightening way anybody has ever dreamed of and with the raccoon it would have been just fine. It didn’t speak English and I don’t speak raccoon. 

     With people that do speak our language the whole dynamic changes.

Kind of.

How we say things still matters but so does what we say. Communication with people is an intricate balance that I am still learning. Well, as much as I have time to do anyway. Which isn’t very much.

     I started putting some thought into what to say when I encounter those interactions with people that I don't understand. 

There are a lot of them.

 I have become acutely aware that I really don’t understand most of the people in the place I am living right now. It’s one of the reasons I am looking forward to making a home somewhere else. One of the reasons. I have a list for that too.

    It’s not that I couldn’t understand them or what they are doing or why they do it, I probably could if I tried. I just don’t see the need to. I’m not being rude and I’m not judging anybody, I just don’t have the time for it. There is a lot I want to accomplish in this world and understanding some of the looks I get isn’t high on my priority list.

     To be honest I really only want to completely, or mostly partially, understand one person and the looks I get from her. The one I will eventually spend my life with. That is on my priority list. The rest, who knows I’m probably as much of an enigma to them as they are me. God has a reason for this, I am sure. He reveals things to us as needed for his plan not ours.

     For all those encounters with others that I don’t understand, I have made a list of what to say. It gets revised as needed. I have to test how things work to see if I get the desired result. It’s life marketing or A/B testing for life skills, in this case entrance one liners.

When Everybody looks at You

    I don’t know if this happens to everybody, but it does me. I walk into the gas station or grocery store or anywhere else and people look. It’s like they know who I am even though I have never met any of these people before in my life. It didn't bother because I didn’t really care. I lived my life and did what I did and assumed others did the same. Then I started wondering why they all look at me like that and now it’s just weird and creepy. I don’t want to know why they look at me anymore. I'll just move somewhere they don’t. I’m a writer nobody is supposed to actually know my face or anything about me other than what I tell them. That’s the way life should be, I think. 

    I don’t want to be famous or rich. So on to better pastures where I can just live my life the way God wants me to and not have Those looks. So, for these people I have this.

    "FISHING!"

 An oldy but a goody. I once thought that any question could be answered with just the word FISHING! And I pretty much still do. Especially for those awkward encounters where I don’t know why people are looking at me or who they are, my response is simply FISHING.

   They are fishing for something that I probably am uninterested in or doesn’t concern me. So, while they ponder it, I will simply go fishing and enjoy life. I hope they understand and try to do the same. It is entirely up to them.

    What are you doing? FISHING

    Where were you? FISHING

    Are you going to? FISHING

    Do you know? FISHING

    Is that the guy? FISHING

    It’s one of the things that I love doing. It brings me peace. I don’t worry about anything while I’m Fishing. My one liner for these instances is “FISHING” and that’s it.

When they Laugh when they see you

     It doesn’t happen much but occasionally you come across that one person that laughs or snickers when you walk in. They never say why but they do it every time. I once wondered why they did this but quickly realized I probably wouldn’t understand it anyway. Some people live in worlds I know nothing of and don’t want to. Not everybody in this world sees things the same way. 

    It’s not our place to understand it all. It’s not our place to judge but we don’t have to condone some lifestyles either. From some of their perspectives some things I do and why I do them might seem funny or ridiculous. From my perspective so does their way of doing things. I was just nicer and tried being understanding. They rejected it and scoffed. I moved on. It didn’t hurt my feelings at all. It’s not my place to fix the world for everybody, just to make my world brighter for those I choose to let into it and hope it shines bright enough to make others want to know why it's the way it is. To some people I am a blessing, I’m not concerned with the rest.  For them I have this:

    "FISHING!"

   Once again, I love fishing. It brings me peace and while I’m fishing, I don’t have any other concerns in the world. Least of which is why some people would find my way of life and what I want to build in it: funny.

    I do write some things that are humorous but they have never admitted to reading my blog so that can’t be why. If it was, it would be fine but there is a lot about these people that I don’t want to be a part of. They are more than free to read what I write, and I hope they do, they might find something there that they do need to find, not everything I write is funny and even in the things that are there is still some truth to it.

   While they are laughing about things that I don't care to understand the reasoning behind, I will only say

“Fishing”

because it’s what I will be doing while they are laughing about whatever it is they are laughing about. My life is important to me and when it’s over I have to stand before God to be judged for how I lived it. We are all judged alone on that day. I hope they are taking that seriously; I do and one day I will fish in Heaven. That’s not a joke either. I’m seriously planning on fishing in Heaven one day.

    They can laugh if it’s appropriate, but I hope they are taking the right things seriously. I’ll pray for them and keep answering with

"FISHING!"

The ones that scoff

    It’s happened to all of us at some point: People see us and scoff or look at us like we have done something wrong. Maybe we did, maybe we didn't. If it’s people, you don’t know it’s either because you look happy, and they aren’t or they have you confused with someone else. Some of the worst people look at people like that just to try some weird psycho nonsense to make people try and figure out what they did wrong to that person or what's wrong with them. It only works on people who care what people think of them though. I don’t, well kind of. It’s a little deeper than that.

   I used to take pride in it when people scoffed at me. If I am living right and people look at me like they hate me, I felt like it was reassurance that I was. Then I realized this way of thinking is wrong. I can rejoice that I am accepted by Jesus, but I can’t take pride that people bound in sin hate me.  I changed the way I looked at it. It's a work in progress. I'm not trying to make a place in my life for people I don't belong with and I'm not looking for a place in theirs. 

   I still don’t care why they scoff at me. The way I live my life isn’t going to change to please them. I have to live up to God’s standards, not theirs. God is the only judge I am concerned with. Which I think might make them scoff even more but it won’t change. I hope they finally understand why their impression of me does not cross my mind. I don’t think I’m better than them, I just try to live a Christian life and I am not going to get off track because some people don’t like me, especially ones I have never met.

    To these people I have only one thing to say

"FISHING!"

When I am fishing, I do not care about other people's opinions or acceptance. It’s just me and the fish and usually a conversation with God. Getting me to find time to talk with him might be why I spend more time fishing and not catching. He works in mysterious ways that are beyond my comprehension. 

   When people scoff at me the only answer they will ever get is FISHING because one day I will fish in Heaven and their opinion won’t change that. The expectations of who they want me to be is probably not a person I would care to be anyway. I’m not taking time to find out who they want me to be. I am:

FISHING!

    

    I don’t know if you noticed the trend but here it is: Whenever I am in a situation, I don’t understand that involves people my only answer is

       "FISHING!"

     Who they are and what they want isn’t really a concern of mine. I’m trying to live a good life the best I can. Some people will like it, some won’t. The ones that do are more than welcome to speak to me, or email, or however and I would be glad to have a conversation One on one. 

 I’m not interested in groups of people who think they know something about me. I don't especially like people who really don’t know me, especially people that claim they do know me and spread false information. To them I am just

    "FISHING."

    I do what makes me happy and what I think God wants me to do. I try to encourage others to do the same. If giving me weird looks makes them happy: So, be it. It won’t change anything in my life anyway. 

    All of us have different strengths and weaknesses. We are all made differently. We all have gifts that God gave us to use according to his plan. I don’t worry about the ones that aren’t using theirs right. Eventually they will. I’ll pray for them until they do, and I will keep

                            "FISHING."

   I hope this encourages some to do what they are called to do even if it makes people look at them differently. If anyone wants advice on FISHING, I'll be happy to help. If you want advice on life, I can refer you to the Bible or tell you about Fishing.

    If you start answering with FISHING they’ll leave you alone, eventually, or start asking the right questions. It’s up to them to find the right questions though. All we can do is lead them to the truth.

All they have to do is ask.

Live by Faith. Love the Outdoors. Life is Out HERE!

written by Benjamin Evans