Do you know why you do - what you do?

I just received this great story (see below!) that begs the question, 'Why exactly am I doing what I'm doing?" The decisions you make - are they for you?  Are they for someone else?  Do you make decisions in your life based on what you think you should do?  So often I think we fail to remember that we are all individuals with different purposes, different values, different gifts, etc.  yet we often try and fit ourselves into boxes or live a certain life because someone, somewhere said we should.  I've done this on many occasions - I stayed at a job because I thought I couldn't quit so soon after accepting it, I stayed in a relationship because everyone else loved him (how could I not?) and so on.  I loved this story because it reminded me that what one person deems a successful life is not necessarily what another does.  It also reminded me the importance of living in the moment and enjoying life instead of living for the future.  Although I still visualize my future and have goals for the future I have also (very slowly) become more grounded in the moment and the idea that the only life I have is the one right here, right now.  Of course I still sometimes wonder whether my parents approve or get side-tracked by western society's views on success and life, but I always strive to re-focus and come back to the truth that lies within me, and no one else.  I would love to have you read this story and reflect on the meaning of your life and what truly is important to the inner you.  Enjoy :-)  

A cruiseship docked in a tiny Greek village.

An American tourist got off the boat, ventured into the village, and saw a Greek fisherman.

He complimented the Greek fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them. “Not very long,” answered the Greek.

“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American.

The Greek explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings I go into the village to see my friends, dance a little, drink a bit, and sing a few songs. I have a full life.”

The American 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 revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.

"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 middleman, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant.

"You can then leave this little village and move to Athens, London or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge enterprise.”

“How long would that take?” asked the Greek.

“With the power of the internet and if you make the right hires, this can happen quickly...a few years,” replied the American.

“And, after that?" “That’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the American, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can go public and make millions!”

“Millions? Really? And after that?”

“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your grandchildren, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife, and spend your evenings singing, dancing, playing and drinking with your friends…”

BlogJamie Wagener