Philosophy of Life

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  1. Chee-to

    Chee-to
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    Philosophy of Life

    A boat is docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village.

    A tourist complimented the local fishermen on the quality of their fish and asked how long it took to catch them.


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    "Not very long." they answered in unison.

    "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?"

    The fishermen explained that their small catches were sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families.


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    "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"


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    "We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children, and take siestas with our wives. In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs.


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    We have a full life."

    The tourist interrupted,


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    "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you!
    You should start by fishing longer every day.
    You can then sell the extra fish you catch.
    With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."


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    "And after that?"

    "With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.
    Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant.


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    You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City , Los Angeles , or even New York City !


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    From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."


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    "How long would that take?"


    "Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years." replied the tourist.


    "And after that?"


    "Afterwards? 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!"

    "Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the fishermen.


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    "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 drinking and enjoying 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 Mexicans.


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    And the moral of this story is:


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    Know where you're going in life, you may already be there! Many times in life, money is not everything.
    "Live your life before life becomes lifeless"
     
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    enjoy the journey not just the destination.
     
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  3. clearconscience

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    Yes: want what you already have.

    And live for today, tomorrow isn't promised.

    With kids, enjoy every moment. You never know when it will be the last time you read them a book, rock them to sleep at night, or have that tea party.
    They grow so fast and all the many things you do over, and over, and over again. Sooner of later it will be the last time you get to do it.
    Never be too tired, or tired of doing something for the hundreth time.
     
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  4. Caveman Jim

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    Go for the Gusto then bring it home and drink it all!!!!o_O
     
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    "Find yourself a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life."
     
  6. Certaindeaf

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    Didn't take Forest Gump no 25 years.
    lol
     
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  7. Stomper

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    LOL.... funny you should mention that! While I was reading the OP, it actually occurred to me (for the first time) that the character, Forrest Gump lived his life "in the moment".

    I never understood what mama always meant by, "life is like a box of chocolates..." now.... I get it. o_O



    :D
     
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  8. Medic!

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    '' Death? I was dead for billions of years before I was alive. It didn't cause a bit of concern''.

    ''We live between the eternities''.
     
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    I like that.
    A lot.

    Thanks Medic!
     
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  10. Chee-to

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    Great quote.............
    In the television western Broken Trail, cowboy Prentice Ritter must provide words of comfort at the funeral of a friend. Uncomfortable in the situation, he quietly says, “We are all travelers in this world. From the sweet grass to the packing house, birth till death, we travel between the eternities.”
     
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    "We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children, and take siestas with our wives. In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs."

    Sounds like Fred Reed.
    http://www.fredoneverything.net/
     
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    The first hundred years are the hardest. It's all easy street after that.
     
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    "Honest hatred cleanseth a man's soul." :rolleyes:
     

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