Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give (by Norman Macewan).  Measure wealth  not by the things we have, but by the things that we have that  we would not sell for money. Living the real thing, doesn’t consist of things at all, because things cannot truly satisfy.  Only through God can we find real  joy, true happiness, and the eternal fulfillment that only He can give. Let's learn from the following article inspired by the writings of an unknown author.

As the story goes, 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 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 you stay out longer  and catch more fish?" 

The Mexican said, "With this I have more than enough to support my family's 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 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, señor." 

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 Los Angeles and eventually New York where you will run your ever-expanding enterprise." 

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But, señor,  how long will this all take?"  To which the American replied, "15 to 20 years." 

"But what then, señor?" 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, señor?...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."
 

"A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses" (Luke 12:15)

By Tim Pedrosa

  

If you look at what you do not have in life, you don't have anything, If you look at what you have in life, you have everything.~Tony Keith
Most of us after having spent many years working to live, spend many more years living to work; and when finally there is no more work we don't know how to live.

  

Tim