The Businessman and the Fisherman

So, my brain is pretty much fried from finals, and I can’t write anything right now. But this morning, as Jill and I sat down together and drank our coffee and proceeded to express how excited we are that our finals are over and our wonders of why we even go to school anyway, pondering our lives and our dreams and what makes us happy, we both decided that it doesn’t matter what we do career-wise, as long as we’re happy. But what is it that constitutes this happiness?

It’s the SIMPLE things in life that make you happy, people!! So many times are we too absorbed in daily chores and petty wants and needs that we forget to enjoy the present and what we do have—the things right in front of our faces, like good friends, good family, good health. It could be even something so simple as the good cup of coffee we need every morning just to get us through the day.

And so many times people are rushing through their lives, always wanting to get to the next transition, the next phase, the next step. But what for? Do they ever stop and enjoy where they are now? We are so rushed with our lives that we sometimes don’t realize we’re doing this. And I’m victim of it too, and it pisses me off.

With that, I leave you with this story by Mark Albion, courtesy of livelearninvest.com:

The businessman and the fisherman story

A few years ago, a very rich businessman decides to take a vacation to a small tropical island in the South Pacific. He has worked hard all his life and has decided that now is the time to enjoy the fruits of his labor. He is excited about visiting the island because he’s heard that there is incredible fishing there. He loved fishing as a young boy, but hasn’t gone in years because he has been so busy working to save for his retirement.
So on the first day, he has his breakfast and heads to the beach. It’s around 9:30 am. There he spots a fisherman coming in with a large bucket full of fish!

“How long did you fish for?” he asks. The fisherman looks at the businessman with a wide grin across his face and explains that the fishes for about three hours every day. The businessman then asks him why he returned so quickly.
“Don’t worry,” says the fisherman, “There’s still plenty of fish out there.”

Dumbfounded, the businessman asks the fisherman why he didn’t continue catching more fish. The fisherman patiently explains that what he caught is all he needs. “I’ll spend the rest of the day playing with my family, talking with my friends and maybe drinking a little wine. After that I’ll relax on the beach.”

Now the rich businessman figures he needs to teach this peasant fisherman a thing or two. So he explains to him that he should stay out all day and catch more fish. Then he could save up the extra money he makes and buy and even bigger boats to catch even more fish. The he could keep reinvesting his profits in even more boats and hire many other fisherman to work for him. If he works really hard, in 20 or 30 years he’ll be a very rich man indeed.

The businessman feels pleased that he’s helped teach this simple fellow how to become rich. Then the fisherman looks at the businessman with a puzzled look on his face and asks what he’ll do after he becomes very rich.

The businessman responds quickly “You can spend time with your family, talk with your friends, and maybe drink a little wine. Or you could just relax on the beach.”

Jill and I decided we are opening our own restaurant in Key West and living day to day on the beach.

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