If you've not read The Fisherman's Parable, or if it's been a while since you've read it, I highly recommend it; the message is quite meaningful. I had forgotten about this thought-provoking tale, which comes from folklore and is believed to be rooted in Buddhist tradition, until a TFP reader reminded me of the parable after reading my post, What do you look like under your mask?
I hope you enjoy The Fisherman's Parable. Please pass this along to anyone who might benefit by reading it...
One day a fisherman was sitting by his boat while playing with his child on a beautiful beach; his fishing pole resting against the boat.
A wealthy businessman came walking down the beach, trying to relieve some of the stress of his workday. Curious and horrified at the sight of the fisherman wasting the day, the businessman asked, "Why aren't you out fishing?"
The fisherman looked up at the businessman, smiled and replied, "Because I already caught enough fish for one day."
The businessman followed, "Why don't you catch some more?"
"What would I do with them?" replied the fisherman.
"You could earn extra money," said the businessman, "then with the extra money, you could buy a bigger boat, go into deeper waters, and catch more fish. Then you would make enough money to buy nylon nets. With the nets, you could catch even more fish and make more money. With that money you could own two boats, maybe three boats. Eventually you could have a whole fleet of boats and be rich like me."
"Then what would I do?" asked the fisherman.
"Then," said the businessman, "you could really enjoy life."
The fisherman looked at the businessman quizzically and asked, "What do you think I am doing now?"
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