Today is the 1st day of 2018, and it is also the the 1st day of the rest of your life. What a great time to personally reflect and reset your life on the course you wish to journey,
Here’s a great story I share with friends when I see them too caught up on attaining goals, and as a result they don’t realise that all that they are seeking may already be right there, in front of them.
I remind myself of this frequently as well. What truly makes me happy is for the most part always around. Sure the law of impermanence means there’s ebbs and flows, abundance and scarcity – but try to for a moment think about it deeply – you are already rich.
Connecting with family, friends, eating well, being active and engaging in what you love needn’t cost millions of dollars or a 20 year slog of soul destroying work, it’s likely all around in your life right now.
So enjoy the parable and take stock of what makes you feel grounded, connected and truly happy, and I hope you can live that way every day on your journey of self evolution, improvement and discovery.
Hopefully this serves with your perspective on it.
An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The Mexican replied, “only a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”
The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.” The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”
The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”
To which the American replied, “15 – 20 years.”
“But what then?” Asked the Mexican.
The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!”
“Millions – then what?”
The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
Yours in kindness,