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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Thoughts on life

The recent Japan crisis has led me to the profound questions like the meaning of life. I have wondered constantly if I die tomorrow, what regrets will I have?

Then I realised I will have plently. I will regret not eating what I want, not travelling to where I want, not meeting friends enough and not spending enough time with my family.

So what's the point of working so hard now if you may just lose it very soon? I am once again reminded of the Fisherman story that I have read online before.

The Fisherman

An investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The investment banker complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The fisherman replied, "Only a little while."

The investment banker then asked, "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more fish?"

The fisherman said, "With this I have more than enough to support my family's needs."

The investment banker then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

The fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening and spend time with my family, I have a full and busy life."

The investment banker scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to a big town and eventually to the the city where you will run your ever-expanding enterprise."

The fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?"

To which the investment banker replied, "15 to 20 years."

"But what then?" asked the fisherman.

The investment banker laughed and said that's the best part. "When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."

"Millions?...Then what?"

The investment banker said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings and spend time with your family."

So I hope you will learn to love yourself abit more. Go out and do what you want today as you may not be able to enjoy tomorrow well. Cherish all the time you got. But I am not asking you to quit your job and stop working, ok? Just learn to appreciate what you have and smile everyday! :)


  • That's a great story. My mum told me one like that when I was little but it was about a stone mason in china. Spent all his life wishing to be other greater things. Only to realise after he asked to be turned into a great mountain who could never be defeated that a stone mason picked at him for projects until there was nothing left.
    But your story made me smile a bit more :) thanks

    By Blogger home.for.easter, at 8:07 AM  

  • I love your blog! It's kind of along the same lines as the blog I just started. -Lola http://www.happinessinspiration.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Lola, at 3:07 PM  

  • Jas still blogs! Hiya!

    By Blogger Michael McClung, at 7:25 PM  

  • Home.for.easter: Thanks for sharing your story too.

    Lola: Great blog.. We always need a little happiness in our lives..

    Michael: Halo!! How are you? Ya, i still blog but lesser now as i am just too lazy to pen down my thoughts.. Wish i can link the computer straight to my brain sometimes..

    By Blogger Jaschocolate, at 10:29 PM  

  • great story! our lives are so full of unnecessary complexities...

    By Blogger Casey, at 4:16 PM  

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