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A Story of Two Men

July 29, 2018
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

How many of you remember that old beer commercial with the slogan, "You only go around once in life, so go with gusto?" Well, when you think about it, it's true and we DO only get to go around once. The choice becomes how we want to live our lives. Following is a story I heard a while back. It's not true but then just might be.

There was this vacationing businessman standing on the pier of a quaint little fishing village far away from the hustle and bustle of this man's life. He watched a small boat coming in to dock with a middle aged man who probably was a native to this divine piece of earth. Inside the boat were several large yellow fin tuna. As the gentleman got out of his boat, the American businessman complimented him on his nice catch. "How long did it take you to catch them?" he enquired. "Oh, just a few hours" the native replied. The American than remarked, "It's too bad you didn't stay out longer and catch even more fish." The native then replied, "Nah, with this I have more than enough to feed my family today."

The American smiled and surmised, "Really, then what in the world do with the rest of your day?" The native returned the smile with his own broad smile and answered, "Well, let me see; this morning I slept in later, then I took the kids for a walk and played with them for a while, watched some of my friends play ball and then took a little nap with my wife. Later on we'll all probably go for a swim in the lake, maybe fish a little more and might even visit a few friends before settling in for the night. Heck, I might even take out the guitar, build a fire and sing a few songs with whoever wants to join me."

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The businessman impatiently interrupted, "Look, Mister, I think I can help you. You see, I have an MBA from Harvard and I can get you to be more profitable. You just start fishing a few hours longer and then sell the extra fish you catch. With the money you earn from this, you then can buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. With that, I think you can then buy another boat and hire a partner to fish from that boat and make double what you were earning. It's possible you could be the owner of at least a half-dozen fishing boats and you could be well on your way to being rich." So proud of his thinking, the businessman continued on with even bigger and better dreams for this man. In fact, the businessman had this man moving from his little hut to the city where he wouldn't even have to fish at all. This native would be the CEO of a huge Fishing & Canning Distribution Center.

Flabbergasted and amazed, the native asked the businessman, "This sounds good, but just how long do you think all this would take?" After a rapid fire mental calculation, the Harvard MBA pronounced, "Probably about 5 years, tops. Maybe less, if you really put in some long hours."

"And then what?" the native asked. "Why that's the best part," the Harvard man exclaimed, "When the time is right, you could sell your business and become very rich. You would be a millionaire, my friend."

"My goodness," the gentleman replied, "What would happen next?" The businessman laughed loudly and boasted, "That's the best part. You could then move to a nice small fishing village where you could sleep in as late as you wanted, play with your grandchildren all day long, fish whenever you wanted to, quit whenever you wanted to, go to the village in the evenings and spend time with all your friends and even get your guitar out and sing a few songs whenever you wanted."

The native looked at the Harvard MBA businessman, smiled and said, "Hmmm, that's something to really think on." And by this time, his four children came running up to him and yelled, "Hey Daddy, can we build a campfire tonite and sleep outside?"

The moral of the story....Don't ever get too busy earning a living that you forget to live your life."

That's The Way I See It. Let me know how you see things at: or call me at 319-327-4640. Be abundantly blest this week



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