“The Mexican Fisherman and The Business Man” fable is an inspiration to slow down, reassess, and reflect on your true purpose in life.
1. HAPPINESS IS IN THE JOURNEY, NOT THE DESTINATION
In today’s world it’s easy to forget that we are not human doings, rushing everything with end results, we are human beings, meant to live a fulfilled, happy and enriched life.
Some people wait all week for Friday, all month for their next holiday, all year for summer, all their career for retirement, all life for happiness…
“Attaining lasting happiness requires that we enjoy the journey on our way toward a destination we deem valuable. Happiness is not about making it to the peak of the mountain nor is it about climbing aimlessly around the mountain; happiness is the experience of climbing toward the peak.” Tal Ben-Shahar
“Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate that you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.” Pablo Picasso
One Life & You Tip: Happiness is not a destination it’s a journey and a state of mind… Enjoy every single day and be grateful for what you already have whilst working towards your wildest dreams.
“There is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun […] So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” Jon Krakauer, in his book “Into the wild”
2. YOUR SELF-WORTH AND SELF-FULFILMENT DOES NOT DEPEND ON YOUR NET WORTH
In this day and age of consumerism and obsessive use of social media, it’s hard to not get all caught up in the comparison game or “keeping up with the Joneses.” But remember: your self-worth does not depend on your net worth.
In the Story of the Mexican Fisherman, a small boat provided a beautiful life. You don’t need an impressive title, big sport car or yacht or a multi-millions business to live a beautiful life and be a beautiful person. In fact, in my experience, I saw some of the happiest people on earth living in the most simplest conditions in remote places in the world.
One example in particular is Brazil, and the North East of Brazil where I took the pictures illustrating this article. In the state of Ceará, a few hours away from its capital Fortaleza, are some stunning fishermen villages with kilometres and kilometres of desert beaches. People there live very simply, most often without TV or internet, grow their own fruits and vegetables, have their own chickens in the backyard and catch kilos and kilos of amazing fish and lobsters every day in some of the simplest boats on earth – the Jangada, a traditional fishing boat made of wood and which anchor is a big stone. Cows walk on the beach along with the inhabitants, who sell coconuts or grilled corn cobs whilst fishermen back from the sea sell their amazing findings. I never saw so many stars (including shooting stars!), beautiful sunsets and moonrise, and most importantly so many smiles and happy people anywhere else in the world.
“One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.” Dale Carnegie
One Life & You Tip: Our value and happiness as a human being does not rest on whether or not we have the biggest house or the latest gadgets. Material goods, no matter how amazing they may seem, can only give us a short burst of superficial joy. The truth is, this is temporary and it won’t be long till we look for a newer, shinier, and better version of whatever object we just purchased. Instead of collecting only material things, why not opt to invest more time and energy on creating and collecting priceless memories with your loved ones? Travels, hobbies, experiences, simple quality time with those dear to you, learning a new skill and furthering yourself, discovering something new … This is what enables us to create our One Life truly worth living!
3. BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE
In this fable, it seems that the Business Man, who is only focusing on growing his Business and his future plan of retirement, and who has access to much more information than the Mexican fisherman, has however very little wisdom.
“Ours is a generation bloated with information and starved for wisdom.” Arianna Huffington, Thrive
One Life & You Tip: What you appreciate appreciates … Whatever vibrations we emit, the universe will give it back to us…
A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles: gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. People who take the time to list things they are grateful for are happier and healthier. It turns out that counting your blessings can actually increase your blessings.
Appreciate the little things around you, like the beauty of the nature and sound of birds singing … Be grateful to wake-up with a healthy body and get moving … Be grateful to just be … Stop wasting time worried that you will never reach success or love and just start living, now … Be content with who you are while working toward where you want to be and your big dreams … Today is always the most important day of our lives.
4. ENJOY NOW: TRADE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR TOMORROW FOR YOUR APPRECIATION OF TODAY
“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.” Gandhi
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.” Dale Carnegie
One Life & You Tip: There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. Enjoy every golden present moment fully. Life is the moment we are living right now. Today is almost the most important day of your life. It is the only time when we have any power. It is not the years in your life, which provide for a good life, but the life in each year. Don’t live your life waiting for the week-end or that next vacation, hoping for a better job, dreaming of true love or more money, or thinking that when the children grow up or when you loose weight or when you retire… thinking that then and only then you will be happier. Don’t spend your life waiting to start living. Enjoy the now even if you hope for a better tomorrow. Trade your expectations for tomorrow against appreciation for today.
5. SPEND TIME WITH YOUR LOVED ONES
The wife, children and amigos were all an integral part of the fisherman’s life in this fable.
One Life & You Tip: Be thankful for your loved ones and those dear to you, take the time to give them a call or visit them rather than simply sending a text or email …
Instead of collecting only material things, why not opt to invest more time and energy on creating and collecting priceless memories with your loved ones? Travels, hobbies, experiences, simple quality time with those dear to you, learning a new skill and furthering yourself, discovering something new …
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust