Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Why complicate life? *sweet smile*

A boat was docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village.

A tourist complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.
'Not very long,' answered the Fisherman.

'But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?' asked the tourist. The fisherman explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The tourist asked, 'But what do you do with the rest of your time?'

'I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take an afternoon nap with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs... I have a full life.'

The tourist interrupted, 'I have an MBA and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.'

'And after that?' asked the Fisherman.
'With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to a BIG city! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.'

'How long would that take?' asked the fisherman.

'Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,' replied the tourist.

'And after that?'

'Afterwards? Well my Friend, That's when it gets really interesting,' answered the tourist, laughing.. 'When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!'

'Millions? Really? And after that?' said the fisherman.

'After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take an afternoon nap with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.'

And the moral is: Know where you're going in life....... you may already be there!

I love this story - its an old one that has done its rounds via email but it's so pertinent esp in today's day & age. Why do we make things complicated when end of the day - we just want to be happy?

Love you guys!
DivineDee ;)


Carlin said...

I have always loved that story! Yes, I've heard it before, but it gets better every time I hear it!

Indeed, what are we really chasing!??

Thanks for the Reminder Dee. Life is to be lived, not chased :)


d.edlen said...

Great story. Your tweets and posts are wonderfully positive. Thank you.


Robert Girandola said...

Thank you - Divine Dee - excellent story~

കാട്ടിപ്പരുത്തി said...

i read this story in another way-
the problum is that even though we cant stop our ambitions