Do you have the skill to fish?
By Zhu Huifen
July 24, 2009 1:21am CST
"Give a man a fish, and you feed him a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." This is what I recently read in a site. When in difficulty, it is better to learn how to fish than just to receive a fish. A woman enterpreteur went to a poor hilly area to train farmers how to grow roses. In time, both got financial benefits. Farmers have a lot more income than before, and the plant has raw materials for its cosmetics products.
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3 Aug 09
I should say, we are not just helping the person learn how to earn by himself but we are also helping him discover the things that he has that he could use to become more fruitful. I cannot say that i am good at this, but it is also one of my goals to be a blessing to others. God bless!^^
24 Jul 09
Hi zhuhuifen, I couldn't agree more, handouts are never the answer. We sometimes think that people are lazy when all they really need is a hand up, and I think that this is true for most. You are right too that both the giver and the receiver benefit in the end. Blessings.
11 Aug 09
Hello my friend zhuhuifen46 Ji, This is one of the chinese Proverb. Following may also be added and apply in life to make life beutiful. [b]"A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. Chinese Pr A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers. Chinese Proverb A book holds a house of gold. Chinese Proverb A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. Chinese Proverb A book tightly shut is but a block of paper. Chinese Proverb A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark. Chinese Proverb A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections. Chinese Proverb "[/b] May God bless You and have a great time.
• United States
3 Aug 09
In answer to the first part, yes, I know how to fish. And even though I'm a woman, I bait my own hook, cast my own line, and clean my own fish lol. We used to have a huge farm lake filled with fish, and I would fish every chance I got and treat my Dad to his favorite fish dinner. Fishing's fun, plus it's very relaxing and being one on one with nature. To the second part, I think that is a very true old adage. When you teach somebody 'how to fish' (meaning teaching them a new skill) you are giving them a foundation to 'feed himself for a lifetime' (meaning giving them the skills to survive, work and eat.) I think it's most important to pass on our knowledge and help a person in that manner rather than to just 'give them the fish' on a silver platter (so to speak lol) Without the learning that goes behind, a person misses the opportunity to grow and do even better.
24 Jul 09
Hi zhuhuifen, I am amazingly well informed on the techniques of fishing as have some friends who are local fishermen. I probably know more about the subject than I ever need to know. I have never actually fished myself though except once I did pull a fish from my friends line with a small net and put it into the boat and it didn't get away. The local method of fishing is from boats either by net or long long lines laid across the sea. I don't have a boat, in fact all the fishermen are men. They do give me fish often though and have been patient enough to even gut them for me when they remember i definitely don't have the skill for this, if I do it myself the ensuing mess becomes a pan of fish soup.