Here’s an old joke about fishing with a not-so-well-hidden moral…
In a small coastal Mexican village an American tourist was watching a small fishing boat pull into the pier. Clearly the fisherman had enjoyed a reasonable day’s sport: in the bottom of the boat lay four large tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on his catch and asked: “How long did it take you to catch them?”
The Mexican replied, “Not long señor.”
The American, a powerful businessman back in the States, asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish.
“Because what I have here is plenty for my needs, amigo!” replied the fisherman. “I’d rather get up late, fish a little in the morning, go home play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening, drink a little wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, señor.”
The American asked. “But wouldn’t you like to be successful? If you fished harder, you’d make more money, maybe buy yourself several boats, then eventually a fleet. Why eventually you could set up your own distribution network, control the whole darn process. You could make millions!”
The Mexican fisherman asked, “But señor, that sounds like a lot of work. Surely it would take a lot of time?”
“Well of course,” said the American replied, “maybe ten or twenty years, but wouldn’t it be worth it to be successful?”
“Maybe it would, señor. But what would I do once I’m successful?”
The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. You could retire, still relatively young, and enjoy the spoils of your labour.”
“And what would I do once retired, señor?”
“You could do anything,” said the tourist. “I’d probably move to a small coastal fishing village, sleep late, fish a little, play with my kids, take siestas with my wife, stroll to the village in the evenings, sip wine and…”
And the moral of the story? We only have a certain number days – let’s make the most of them. Work less and fish more!
Image credit: tuna picture from tittletackle.com