Live Wisely

A friend sent me this story and suddenly living wisely made sense to me.

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 fisherman 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 he stay out longer and catch more fish.  The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate 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 play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”

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 LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then?” inquired the fisherman.

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.”

“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 naps with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you play your guitar with your friends.”

The Mexican fisherman said, “No thanks.”

Sometimes we forget and live as if this is some sort of dress rehearsal.  You only get one shot at this life. We need to make every day count. I’m going to start today.

Ephesians 5:15-16  15 So be very careful how you live.  Do not live like those who are not wise, but live wisely.  16 Use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times.



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