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
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
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."
man’s life does not consist in the abundance of
the things he possesses"
By Tim Pedrosa
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
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.