Being happy, being at peace, being contented: these all seem related as I reflect on them and observe myself but I can’t fully explain why!

I want to share a story. It is about contentment in relation to riches. May the story enrich you!

A capitalist was horrified to find a fisherman lying beside his boat, smoking a pipe.

“Why aren’t you out fishing?” he asked.

“Because I have caught enough fish for the day.”

“Why don’t you catch some more?” the capitalist persisted.

“What would I do with it?” asked the fisherman.

“Earn more money. Then you could have a motor fixed to your boat and go into deeper waters and catch more fish. That would bring you money to buy nylon nets, so more fish, more money. Soon you would have enough to buy two boats . . . or even a fleet of boats. Then you could be rich like me.

“What would I do then?” asked the fisherman.

“Then you could really enjoy life,” the capitalist replied.

“What do you think I am doing now?” responded the fisherman, refilling his pipe.

I have enjoyed this story in many locations but I have quoted this particular version from Godzone: A guide to the travels of the soul by Mike Riddell.

This is Mindful Monday on 28 January 2019.

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