Makes You Wonder

Posted By: Fluffy

Makes You Wonder - 01/26/05 01:15 AM

Subject: Mexican fisherman

Something to think about!

An American businessman was at a pier in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow-fin 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 the Mexican how he spent the rest of his time.

The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with
my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor."

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 NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But senor, how long will this all take?"

The American replied, "15-20 years."

"But what then, senor?" 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. You'll become very rich, you would make millions!"

"Millions, senor?" replied the Mexican. "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 siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip
wine and play your guitar with your amigos."
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Makes You Wonder - 01/26/05 01:48 AM

Why be a millionaire when you can live like one?
Posted By: Island Mom

Re: Makes You Wonder - 01/26/05 02:51 AM

That had such a wonderful message, I read it to my husband and laughed. Now, I have to go outside and shovel more snow, then get up for work, where I will be for more than ten hours and then drive home through the traffic and more snow and just dream about retiring in a little fishing village by the sea!
Posted By: Fluffy

Re: Makes You Wonder - 01/26/05 02:54 AM

It helps to put things in perspective. Don't you think? Now if we could only live by what the message is behind the story.
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Makes You Wonder - 01/26/05 03:02 AM

Guess I'll go fishing tomorrow. Just one fish for dinner.
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Makes You Wonder - 01/26/05 03:27 AM

and the moral to the story is....? (perspective)
Posted By: indygal

Re: Makes You Wonder - 01/26/05 04:13 AM

YOU get to decide.
Posted By: C from UK

Re: Makes You Wonder - 01/26/05 10:45 AM

fluffy - I am printing this out, putting it on the wall and want to put the house up for sale.
Well, it makes you want to doesn't it? - Caroline
Posted By: Tiona Luster

Re: Makes You Wonder - 01/26/05 04:32 PM

Fluffy...My husband loved the story and wanted to add something else to think about.....

Three-fourths of the Earths surface is water, and one-fourth is land.
It is quite clear the good lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of our lawns.

Will be down to AC in a little over three weeks. Can't wait to get away from all this snow and cold weather!!! My husband is practicing his fishy call Here Fishy Fishy.....
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Makes You Wonder - 01/26/05 05:44 PM

These fish only speak Spanish...
Posted By: hawkgirl

Re: Makes You Wonder - 01/26/05 06:07 PM

Or Creole. You guys have warmed my cold,foggy, Seattle morning. I could use a warm palm tree!
Posted By: klcman

Re: Makes You Wonder - 01/26/05 06:43 PM

and if we were not supposed to spend so much time in the water, why is the salt content (percentage) of our bodies identical to that of the ocean?
Posted By: SnorkelG

Re: Makes You Wonder - 01/27/05 03:01 AM

Thanks Fluffy,
I Love this story! Everyone on this message board appreciates what it means to live the "simple life" in AC even if just for a week or 2. Live de life!
Posted By: Scott

Re: Makes You Wonder - 01/27/05 03:31 PM

Reminds me of saying I like: Success is getting what you want... Happiness is wanting what you get!
Posted By: CrackerLarry

Re: Makes You Wonder - 01/27/05 08:41 PM

Or, to rephrase... Want what you have.
Posted By: Scott

Re: Makes You Wonder - 01/28/05 04:23 AM

My brain-freeze, CL... Thanks for rephrasing!
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