Take the Time to “Smell the Roses”

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I spent 4 out of the last 5 days on the water fishing with an IT man, a nurse, some MTU students, a 3M Engineer, some kids… a mixture of people from thither and yon… in other words, all over the map.

We’ve had lots of fish boated, lots lost to in-experience and much fun trolling for lake trout in this beautiful Keweenaw’s Copper Country. Almost 40 fish caught… mostly lake trout.

I have to make myself pause and step back in order to “smell the roses” sometimes. My tendency is to take things for granted and I recently realized it when a client commented on the awesome scenery that I “…have to put up with each morning as I walk out on my dock.” It is truly a wonderful sight to see the hills and cliffs from the water while enjoying the boat rides and fishing for salmon and lake trout.

My focus is always on these 3 things (not necessarily in this order):

1. Making sure my clients have a good time.

2. Catching fish.

3. The safety of everyone on my boat.

Because of this focus, I forget to appreciate the other things, so thanks for the reminder!

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About Brian Helminen

Brian is the owner and Captain of Sand Point Charters, LLC. He also owns and operates Designotype Printers, Inc. with his wife, Margaret. They have a cottage on Lac La Belle that can be rented by the week in the summertime.

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