MORAL: you may already be there.

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.

“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 or 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.”

(don’t know who the author of this is)

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3 Responses to “MORAL: you may already be there.”

  1. No se quien lo habra escrito, pero no tiene desperdicio!!!
    Que fucking realidad, ahi es cuando uno se pregunta realmente a donde se quiere llegar, cuanto es lo que queremos tener y el precio (innecesario) que debemos pagar. Talvez toda una vida para lograrlo… o morir en el intento.
    Pero, acaso no tenemos la posibilidad de empezar a vivir ahora, de disfrutar cada minuto de nuestras vidas tan solo con lo puesto?.
    Creo que si, pero hay que tener el valor de enfrentarlo y aceptar que en la vida siempre hay un camino mucho mas dificil pero sensible. Y que esa dificultad es enfrentar el querer ser feliz desde el dia cero y no buscando esa felicidad para mañana, porq mañana sera para pasado mañana y pasado mañana para pasado pasado mañana y asi sucesivamente… sin llegar nunca a destino.
    conclusion, Puta!, q la vida es la que tenomos hoy y no la que queremos tener mañana… se puede vivir mejor solo hay que aprender como…

    muy buen texto!!!

    Bisous!

  2. he already had all he needed to enjoy his life. i think many of us miss out on the good stuff because we were too busy preparing for a future that may never materialise or be worst than we imagined.

    its good to just appreciate what you have.

    love the story

  3. don’t know if this has sth to do wil the story .. but as i was reading, i pictured the american saying “next life i’d pick up more daisies” .. sad.. sad..

    “I’d make more mistakes next time, I’d relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been on this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.
    You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, and a raincoat. If I had to do it over again, I would travel lighter than I have.
    If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds and I would pick more daisies.”
    By Nadine Stair, age 85.

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