Deborah has brought us some important food for thought today.
Does a full life consist of how much "stuff" you can accumulate and how many people you can impress with your wealth and prestige, or does it consist of the enjoyment you get from living?
The rat race, explained
A cruise boat docked near a tiny Brazilian village. An American tourist
complimented a local fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how
long it took him to catch them.
"Oh, not very long," answered the man."
"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the
The Brazilian explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet the
needs of his family.
The tourist asked, "And what do you do with the rest of your time?"
The local answered, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children,
and take a siesta with my wife. 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 very full life."
The tourist said, "I have an MBA from Harvard -- a highly rated business
school -- and I can help you. You can start by fishing longer every day.
You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the added money you can
buy a bigger boat, catch even more fish, buy another boat and yet another
so that soon you would have an entire fleet of fishing boats. Then,
instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly
with the processing plants and maybe even open your own factory. You can
then leave this little village and move to Rio, Los Angeles or even New
York. From there you can direct your entire enterprise!"
"How long would that take?" asked the Brazilian.
"Oh, twenty years or so," replied the tourist.
"And, after that?"
"Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting!" answered the MBA.
"When your business gets really big, you can start selling stock in it and
"Millions? Really? And, after that?"
"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, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends!"
I thought this email was rather interesting....so many of us are so busy with life and striving for so many things that we forget to enjoy the
little things that are really the important things in our life!!! Take time to smell the roses and enjoy your family!!!