Francois and Fishing


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It was Friday night, and Francois was in his office, engulfed in deep frustration.

Jean Luc, who had been Francois’ friend for ten years, gave him a friendly call, “What are you doing tomorrow?”

“Nothing.”

“Let’s go fishing. We haven’t done it for ages.”

Francois was elated and accepted the invitation. After all, he needed a break from the tiresome routines he had been dealing with.

So the two men went to Loire River the following day. Amboise was lovely that morning, the weather was fine and the sky was cobalt blue.  It was perfect for fishing.

While waiting, Francois told Jean Luc about his situations at work. Francois said that his colleagues and employees had been uncooperative, and he found it difficult to get the results he wanted from them.

“You reckon?” asked Jean Luc.

“Yeah. They’re just lazy bastards; they never listen to me,” replied Francois while eating his bananas.

Jean Luc nodded.

Silence.

A couple of minutes later, Francois put aside the bananas he’d been eating and exclaimed ecstatically, “Great, a large snapper!”

He carefully placed the fish in his insulated fish bin.

Jean Luc smiled. He asked Francois, “What did you put in your bait, by the way?”

“Worm,” Francois replied.

“Why didn’t you put your bananas? You’re very fond of them, aren’t you?”

“Well, my friend, while I do love bananas, I’m not stupid enough to put them in my bait. Do you think the fish are going to eat my bananas? No way!”

“So it is not going to work if you put bananas when fishing?”

“No.”

“Why not use the same common sense when fishing for people?”

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53 thoughts on “Francois and Fishing

    • Thank you, Cafe, I appreciate the invitation. I will have a look at it. Thank you again, you are one generous soul. Many blessings and much love to you. :-)

      Subhan Zein

  1. I think I once watched a show where a similar situation occurred. Not quite fishing, but the advice to deal with people humanely instead of treating them as property to just do a job for pay. Add color to your wardrobe, maybe actually listen to your employees and try smiling instead of always wearing a stern and dour face. When people are treated with respect they want to contribute and do their best – even when they when or especially when they think they are only earning peanuts.

    Cheers.

    • That is true. You are totally right. Thank you for imparting your wisdom, Jules.You are one generous soul. Many blessings and much love to you. :-)

      Subhan Zein

    • Thank you very much, my friend. Your comment is a great delight and is a true reflection of your pure soul. Many blessings and much love to you. :-)

      Subhan Zein

  2. Ohhhh… this has made my night Subhan…. what a delightful ending!.. I love surprises and your wisdom, not to mention your writing, but that goes without saying <3 !

    • Thank you very much, Jena. Your comment is a great delight, and is a true reflection of your pure soul. Many blessings and much love to you, my lovely friend. :-)

      Subhan Zein

    • Thank you, Cha, Your comment is a great delight, and yes, you’re French, so you must know Amboise. ;-)

      Many blessings and much love to you. :-)

      Subhan Zein

    • Thank you, Marie. I am glad that you enjoyed it. Many blessings and much love to you. :-)

      Subhan Zein

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