A Fisheman and A Business Man Tell You How to Live Your Life Peacefully

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Once a fisherman was sitting near seashore, under the shadow of a tree smoking his beedi. Suddenly a rich businessman passing by approached him and enquired as to why he was sitting under a tree smoking and not working. To this the poor fisherman replied that he had caught enough fishes for the day.

 

Hearing this the rich man got angry and said: Why don’t you catch more fishes instead of sitting in shadow wasting your time?

Fisherman asked: What would I do by catching more fishes?

 

Businessman: You could catch more fishes, sell them and earn more money, and buy a bigger boat.

Fisherman: What would I do then?

 

Businessman: You could go fishing in deep waters and catch even more fishes and earn even more money.

Fisherman: What would I do then?

 

Businessman: You could buy many boats and employ many people to work for you and earn even more money.

Fisherman: What would I do then?

 

Businessman: You could become a rich businessman like me.

Fisherman: What would I do then?

 

Businessman: You could then enjoy your life peacefully.

Fisherman: What do you think I’m doing right now?

Author Unknown

You don’t have to be rich or socially powerful to enjoy your life peacefully. If you endlessly cling to your desire to possess more money and power, then you end up feeling a sense of lack all the time. 

Life is happening while you pursue more money and power. Give your life a chance to be lived out fully. It just happens only once after all.

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Yasu is the founder and CEO of Good Friends Japan. We aspire to offer opportunities of international education to unprivileged young adults. リベラルアーツ教育研究、英語学習のためにICUを中退。アメリカ、カナダに学部・大学院留学。米の中高の特別講師、サッカーの助監督、カナダで路上生活者と共生。カナダの教会で、異文化教育、カウンセリング、葬儀等を担当。シンガポール勤務を経て、児童養護施設出身者、中退・引きこもりの若者など、社会的に困難な状況でがんばる人たちの国際教育支援チーム創設。教育学修士。@yasukuwahara