eternal1969 47M
838 posts
8/31/2005 3:20 am

Last Read:
3/5/2006 9:27 pm


This story about sums up my feeling these last few days. An old story, but always a good wake up call when we busy ourselves everyday pursuing what we truly think are our goals in life. Enjoy the tale...


A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long," answered the Mexican.

"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.

The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta 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 American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard 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 Mexican.

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 Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.

"And after that?"

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

"Millions? Really? And after that?" said the Mexican.

"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 a siesta 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.

__Huntress__ 55M/57F

8/31/2005 11:28 am

You know me eternal ... I've lived within this rat race ... and walked away from it ... and while my life is not as simplistic as those of the fisherman in your tale ... it is the simple life I dream of and long for ... that's where utopia is ... to have it and know that it's enough !

rm_saintlianna 45F
15466 posts
8/31/2005 7:24 pm

I have heard that story before, it was good to hear it again.

Noob_of_the_year 29M

8/31/2005 8:14 pm

Great story maybe you should set up a motivational section in your blog. At times we always forget that we are already living in luxury and then we go chase what we already have and end up back at square one only to laugh at ourselves. Thanks. Btw your blog rocks!!!

georgina666 36F

9/1/2005 3:47 am

i don't know where i am going...any maps for sale?

eternal1969 47M
1634 posts
9/1/2005 8:16 am

Huntress - Aren't we all looking for that perfect balance.... glad to hear you've reached it before I did

Saint - Its always such a pleasure to see you dropping by

Noob - Hi welcome, thanks for your comments. Nah... too much motivational items and even I will bore myself. Lets see where my mood takes me ya?

George - Hmmmm..... the maps are inscribed in the palms of my hand, put your hand in mine and I'll show you the way

GoddessOfTheDawn 105F
11240 posts
9/3/2005 12:34 am

sometimes, without any sense of direction, things can be difficult. But then there's someone or something that guides one's way ....

sometimes the hard part is to stop for a while and listen to one's heart .... and act upon what one hears

eternal1969 47M
1634 posts
9/3/2005 6:35 am

Goddess.... you are absolutely right. Am actually now taking time off to listen to what my heart says and re-engineering myself for a new direction in my life.

I kinda got lost along the way and now trying to find my way home

thanks for dropping by with those beautiful words.

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