Elusive Art of Living Simple

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

A guy throws a line into the ocean and catches a fish. Cooks it, eats it, and takes a nap under the palm tree on the beach.

Crystal blue warm waters, blue skies, white sand, light breeze…

A guy comes to him and asks if he could catch another fish as easily.

- Yes. 

- Let’s do business. You fish, I sell, and we will split the profits.

- And then what?

- We grow the business, send fish to out of the area customers, who would pay more, and we will have more money.

- And then what?

- And then we become rich, we can live by the ocean, watch its crystal clear waters, enjoy walks on the beach, gentle breezes…

- But I have it all now…

Simple Living

How often the biggest difficulty in life is knowing when we already have what we need, what makes us happy. Something we would spend decades trying to achieve going back ... to the future.

After all, happiness is not what we have, but how we feel.

P.S. When I do not write blogs, I help buy a condo in Daytona Area for heavenly good prices. Follow tis link for for information about condos in Daytona Beach area

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Jill Sackler
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Sometimes, we have to experience what we don't want before we know what we do want.

Jan 21, 2014 01:04 AM #11
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Jon - I have been working on contentment for a couple of years now. It's a journey but I'm enjoying it.

Jan 21, 2014 02:06 AM #12
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This is sort of like my life right now.

I make enough to be comfortable and do most of what I want to.  Getting a lot bigger doesn't fit the plan that is working.

Jan 21, 2014 05:28 AM #13
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Rob - you are the philosopher. And you are making an excellent point.

Jan 21, 2014 10:19 AM #14
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Fred - now I need to find out what is "Acres of Diamonds" (LOL) I am not familiar with it.

Jan 21, 2014 10:20 AM #15
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Jill - very true. We do not know light until we experience darkness... something along these lines. This is the reason kids grow up and make their own mistakes, and advising them does not really work

Jan 21, 2014 10:22 AM #16
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Connie - I am working on it as well. I like the journey, but want to expedite it... :)

Jan 21, 2014 10:22 AM #17
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William - this is what I am trying to do. To an extent, I do very similar to it, but I do not have the stability, and this is what bothers me.

Jan 21, 2014 10:24 AM #18
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Love the post, thank you for sharing it with all of us. I love the journey and am enjoying how often paths cross throughout AR.

Jan 22, 2014 02:58 AM #19
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Joe - I am glad you liked it, thank you.

Jan 22, 2014 03:31 AM #20
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Get your priorities straight Jon with what you value, like happiness and freedom, shows you know what success is for you. I have always loved that story.

Jan 23, 2014 03:22 AM #21
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Gary - there are too many things that might seem as priorities. The tougher the life is, the fewer and more important the priorities are.

You show it in your comment. You say "happiness and freedom" and not a bigger kitchen and a new necklace :)

 

Jan 23, 2014 07:46 AM #22
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This story or one very similar to it has always been one of my favorite stories.

Jan 23, 2014 09:52 AM #23
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Judi - not surprising. There is a lot of sense in it. We are very interested in journey, but many years later we tend to go to where we once were.

Jan 23, 2014 01:01 PM #24
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Hello Jon:

True enough.  It takes a long time to understand less is more.  Thanks for sharing this insightful story.

Jan 24, 2014 04:18 AM #25
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Brian - I am glad you liked it, thank you.

Jan 24, 2014 09:57 AM #26
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You don't need to chase happiness. It lives within us, is already home inside. We all have more than we deserve, more than enough to be happy, grateful, content and at peace deep inside. But it requires working on your own paper, eyes over here on your own work and building a better you not trying to change others around you to be your clone. Thank goodness we are all different, unique. We learn from that difference.

Jan 25, 2014 09:35 PM #27
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Andrew - Amen!. I can add anything to your wise and brilliant comment. We have more than enough, we have more than we really need, and happiness is not in having more...

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Jon~today, (yea!) you are featured in Tuesday Travelogue

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Jan 06, 2015 09:39 AM #29
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Gayle - this was a wonderful reminder to myself. It was a year ago, and how many things happened, and how much it changed our lives... I am even closer tothis wisdom today, than I was a year ago.

Thank you

Jan 06, 2015 09:45 AM #30
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