Contentment = Happiness + Tranquility²

Last updated: January 02. 2014 7:54PM - 1398 Views
Kathy Magoto

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The businessman 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 yellowfin tuna. The businessman 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 businessman then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The businessman 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 a 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 businessman scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and I 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 and eventually open 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 New York City where you would run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?” To which the businessman replied, “15-20 years.” “But what then, señor?” The businessman 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 businessman 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 a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “Isn’t that what I’m doing right now?”

It’s a wise man that knows what he has already. It’s a blessed man that is content with what he has. Contentment and gratitude has the ability to set us free from the snares of consumerism, greed and materialism. Stay strongly focused in 2014!

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My heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Don Richard, Dennis Bertke, Dorothy Hollopeter, Virgil Soder, Tim Vagedes, John Bensman, Ronald Vanderhorst, and Delbert Stephan also remembering the lives of Jim Unger, Teresa Etter, Ann York, Gerald Boecke, Cecelia Simon, Bertha Seger, Thomas O’Reilly, Marilyn Grieshop, James Bruns, Everett Crist, Leon Myers, Shep Simon, Betty Woodward, Terry Miller, Leetta Hemmelgarn, Karla Borges, John Warner, Agnes Voisard, Jean Ward, Mary Kelch, Dwight Mendenhall, Edna Lennon and Henry Dircksen at the anniversary of the passing nears.

“He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.” ~Lao Tzu

“Content makes poor men rich: discontent makes rich men poor.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“Contentment is the only real wealth.” ~Alfred Nobel

“The Happiest people don’t have everything, they just make the best of everything they have.” ~Unknown

Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at magmon1@embarqmail.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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