Found this great story while I was reading one of my text books the other day. This two-paragraph tale is a reminder that money cannot buy happiness. Being in collge, I hear my some of my fellow students say all the time that the only thing they want to do when they get out of college is make a TON of money. That’s great! Money is definitely important. We need money to support ourselves and fulfill our needs. But what about all the things in life that money cannot buy? Friends, family, health, love, purpose, mindfulness, appreciation, empathy, change, laughter, time, and compassion. Money cannot buy you more time to spend with your family and friends. And it definitely cannot buy you a smile or a hug or love.
So now that I am done rambling, here is the tale:
After complimenting one fisherman on his quick catch of several large yellowfin tuna, the banker asked what he did with the rest of his time. “I sleep late,” explained the fisherman, “fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village where I sip wine, and play guitar with friends. I live a full and busy life.”
The American scoffed, “As a Harvard MBA, I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the profits buy a bigger boat. Eventually you could acquire a fleet and move to New York where you could run an expanding enterprise. Eventually you would have millions.”
“Then what?” asked the fisherman.
“You could retire,” said the banker. “Move to a small fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine awith your friends.”
So funny! Just a reminder that money cannot buy us happiness. Sometimes we already have everything that we need to be happy.
So don’t forget the value of everything that you cannot buy and…