My Today’s Rant.
I don’t know whether you believe in the mind, body, and soul assumption or you merely think that it’s all in the brain. Or perhaps you interpret in neither of the above stated beliefs, but you would want to lead a peaceful life, whatsoever. And we all very well know that greed is one of the main hindering elements to ruin our peace. Nobody would have any magic wand to measure the extent of greed we ought to have, for it is all relative. One may look greedy to me, but from other person’s perspective he/she perhaps look to be normal: One who plausibly is trying to fulfill his/her needs. Perhaps, he should decide for himself whether he is in his limits. But how many of us would have the ability to question our beliefs, strengths, and weaknesses?
I know that by now you would be wondering and asking why is our fitness coach ranting on a directionless idea? Behold! For, I do see an interconnection between all our beliefs. Now, answer me a question: Would you all exercise regularly even if your life is chaotic? I believe your answer would be a definite NO. So we see that we have to create a suitable environment to progress rightfully. We have to strike the right balance. A right balance would involve important components such as staying healthy and fit. So, for you to stay healthy and fit you need to have a peaceful and productive mind. Isn’t it all interlinked?
Below is a beautiful story, which I would like to present to you. Perhaps, we do have to rethink on the definition of greed.
Enjoy the story.
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.
“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.
“But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
“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. We have a full life.”
The tourist interrupted, “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.”
“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. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City , Los Angeles , or even New York City ! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”
“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.
“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.
And the moral of this story is:
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.”