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THE SMART FISHThis is the story of a fisherman who goes to the same spot every day to fish. Hehas been very successful in this spot and always catches a fish with the bait heuses.
One day, the fish began to think about what washappening. At first, they wanted to bite the fishermanand hurt him like he was hurting them. But theyrealized that in order to do that, they would have to lethim catch them. That would not be good. They thenlooked more closely at the bait and saw a hook hiddenin it.
"We must swim past the bait or surely we will becaught," the fish decided.
So when the fisherman dropped his baited line intothe water as usual the next day, none of the fishwould bite. This was very confusing to thefisherman! How could he be unable to catch a fishtoday when the same bait had always workedbefore?
The next day, the fisherman was determined to catcha fish so he put twice as much bait on the line. Thiswas very tempting to the little fish, who thought thismust be a feast. But just before biting into the tastytreat, they remembered about the hook and swam onby. Now the fisherman was really concerned! "Whatis going on here?" he wanted to know.
The next day, the fisherman was more determined thanever to catch a fish. He put three times as much bait onthe line. But the little fish were very smart and knew thatthe fisherman was only trying to catch them and eatthem for dinner. They swam right by that beautiful bait.
The fisherman began to realize that the fish were onto hisgame and that he would have no more luck at that fishinghole. So he packed up his rod and reel and moved to a newfishing spot. The little fish were not bothered by himagain.
When kids in class or out in the playground tease andsay mean things, they are trying to upset you andmake you do something that will get you into trouble.They are being the fisherman.Sometimes the bait they use is very tempting. Theymay say or do things that are not nice. It is importantthat you realize that these things are not true and arenot meant to be true. Just as the bait that thefisherman put on his line was not a true dinner forthe little fish and was not meant to be.
When we give in to the anger we feel and saymean things back or hit or get in someone’sface, the fisherman has won. We have beencaught!
Only by being a smart fish and ignoring the bait can weescape the hook. When we first begin to ignore the meanwords, the other kids are confused and are usually moredetermined to get us going. They will add more bait tothe line. They will try even harder to catch us. But if wekeep on ignoring the words, they will become tired, likethe fisherman, and move on to a new person to bother.They may even stop fishing altogether!
How can we deal with baiting? Act like a brick wall Become a brick wall, students can push you, but if you act like a brick wall, and do not budge, they will not get what they want.
Remember that it takes twoto play, if you dont join in,they will move on.
Remember the truth,good feelings will protectyou.