Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Fisherman - Are we being clouded by other peoples mean of happiness ?

Dear friends,

I have to deliver my thankfulness to a friend of mine , Faisal Yusof for allowing me to copy this entry (thank you my friend ! ).

Let us ponder upon a simple story below and at the end of the story, do perform some reflections upon yourself. Ask yourself what is happiness means to u and other peoples , any difference, and why is there a difference. Always be yourself and never ever lie to yourself.

What others define as ' GOOD ', ' OK ', " That is how it should be " are not necessarily suitable or goes along with you because they are not yourself .

You have your own way of life and most importantly, you know who you are, yourself...

Do not let others' thoughts to rule yourself when you think it is not right !

Believe in yourself and Lord !

An investment banker was on the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. His boat was full of beautiful yellow tuna. The banker complimented the fisherman on his catch, asking how long it took to catch.

The fisherman replied " Only a short time " .

The banker asked why not stay out and catch more. The fisherman replied,

"I've enough fish to feed my family."

The banker then asked what did the fisherman do with the rest of his time, he replied,

"I will sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening, hang out with my friends, play my guitar, I have a full and busy life."

The banker was not impressed.

"I have a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat and from those increased proceeds you could buy several boats and soon have a fleet. Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you could control production, processing and distribution by building your own cannery. You could leave this small coastal village and move to the city then to New York where you could run your expanding enterprise."

The fisherman asked,

"How long will this take?"

The banker replied,

"10 to 20 years."

"But what then?" Asked the fisherman again.

"Next you would announce an IPO and sell your stock to the public, making millions and millions. Then you could retire to a small coastal village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings, sip wine and play your guitar with your friends," said the banker smiling.

The fisherman looked puzzled,

"I don't understand this, you are suggesting that I should go one big loop so as to end up where I am today, happily fishing on the cliff? "

Moral of the story

Almost everyone here is constantly working to achieve happiness. We all work hard, trying to earn more money. What is the point of all this when we are not happy? After all, we are forcing ourselves to work harder just to obtain happiness. Are we all trying to be like the man above, going a full circle to end up being at the same place?

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Comments :

imam berkata...

money can't buy happiness..
A lot of people think that being rich will make them happy.its all depend on us how we find it...True happiness is what people do with their life, their family, their friends, and everyone’s health. Money is a means to do more and live longer, yet quantity is seldom better than quality.

Choy HH berkata...

Good day my friend,

Yup, i am totally agree with this entry. First, we have to know what does " Happiness " means to that person ? May it be money or love, but for those who chose money, they are most probably being clouded with the principle :

" I'll be much more happy later , in the future " but

Many didn't notice future is uncertain, we may or may not have it. Thus, why don't we plant the seed of happiness right on where we stand and start tending it happily, enjoy the process and share the enthusiasm with our love ones. It is the process that count : It is our journey in life that really counts, not the destination.

Terima kasih.


faizal yusup berkata...

I totally agree with you guys. I believe we shd live life to the fullest and appreciate every moments of it. Sometimes the secular input shown to us day in and day out make us believe that we have to achieve that in order to find happiness but this in not the case in many instances..
I believe happiness is within each an every one of us. Its the matter of finding it.

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