WHY WASTE TIME

The story is told in a Mexican fishing village where a tourist complimented the locals on the quality of their fish. He asked how long it took to catch them. “Not very long.” they answered in unison. “So why didn’t you stay out longer to catch more?” The fishermen explained that their catches were sufficient to meet their economic needs. “But what do you do with the rest of your time?” “We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children, and take siestas. In the evenings, we go to the village centre, see our friends, play the guitar and enjoy the evening breeze together.”

The tourist interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You can start by fishing longer every day, sell the extra catches. With the extra income, you can buy a bigger boat, then a second one until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and eventually open your own plant. You can then leave this village and move to Mexico City or even New York City and from there you can run your growing enterprise.”

“How long would that take asked the villagers?” “Twenty or perhaps twenty-five years.” replied the tourist. “And what happens after that?” Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the tourist, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!” Really and after that?” asked the fishermen. “After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings with your friends.” “With all due respect sir, but that’s exactly what we are doing now. So what’s the point wasting twenty-five years?” asked the fishermen. The admonishment this week is for you to define where you are going in life and be sensitive enough to know when you are there, for where there is no vision human has tendency to be distracted by others opinions strongly swayed to accommodate what they think you should be doing. We are designed by God to become great in life, we are not human doing but rather human being. What we become is what we can see from the inside-out of our divinity.

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