“There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.” – Washington Irving
I spent some time fishing with my boys yesterday and and it occurred to me that fishing is calming to the mind, if you are willing to give yourself over to the process. I suppose that is true of any activity, but in the case of fishing it seems that it is just as easy to succumb to the frustration or boredom of not catching anything as it is to let your mind be calmed, whether or not the fish are biting. As Steven Wright once quipped: “There is a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.”
It really matters little what happens to you. What matters most is how you handle what happens.