The Contented Fisherman







A wealthy businessman was startled to find a seaside fisherman lying lazily beside his boat, smoking a pipe.

"Why aren't you fishing?" asked the businessman.

"Because I have caught enough fish for the day, " said the fisherman.

"Why don't you catch some more?"

"What would I do with them?"

The businessman said, "You could earn more money. With that you could have a motor fixed to your boat and go into deeper waters and catch more fish. Then you would make enough to buy nylon nets. These would bring you even more fish and more money. Soon you would have enough money to own two boats. Maybe even a a fleet of boats. Then you'd be a rich man like me."

"What would I do then?" asked the fisherman.

"Then you could really enjoy life."

"What do you think I am doing right now," the fisherman said.

----"The Contented Fisherman" from The Song Of The Bird by Anthony de Mello

1 comment:

Kelly said...

New look, new occupation! I thought I was lost! ; )

I love this story. I have heard it before. Very appropriate lesson for both Thanksgiving and the times we are living in.


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