Thanks to reader Jeanne Schwarzer: after reading my last post titled “Shifting Gears,” she sent me this story:
A man lived along a lake in Mexico. Every day he fished from the lake and cooked the fish for his family for lunch. Then he’d catch more fish in the afternoon, have a siesta, and then cook the fish for dinner while he and his wife and children spent time together and he played guitar and they sang together.
One day some young businessmen were in the area and saw him fishing. They asked him if he owned the lake and he said no, he just fished from it. They were impressed with all the fish he could catch and told him they had a plan for him.
They suggested he begin catching extra fish and selling it in the village. “Then you can buy a boat and catch more fish.” He asked what he would do with more fish.
“Then you can sell even more in the village and maybe hire someone to fish with you.” He asked what that would do.
“Then you could build a bigger house and and pay a crew to fish for you.” He asked what that would do.
“Well then you would have lots of money and wouldn’t have to work.” He asked what he would do then?
“Well, then you would have time to spend with your family, have picnics by the lake, take siestas and play a little guitar…”