Such a good story from Zen Living (LINK) about finding our purpose in life.
There was a big city businessman who once went on holiday to a faraway beach. One day he walked past a local fisherman who was lazing around, with his fishing rod in the water, enjoying the sun and a beer.
The city man’s mind went to work immediately. The fishing spot was a gold mine, and a serious fishing business would thrive in the area. “Why are you so stupid?” he asked the fisherman. “Get some boats, hire some extra hands, and in a few years you will turn your little shop into a million-dollar business!”
The local man asked him. “And what would you do once you have a million dollars?”
The city man stared back blankly. “Why, I would have so much free time I could sit around in the sun all day and drink beer!”
This is so right on! It seems to me that there is such an effort to work so hard to have something later, when we could be enjoying it now. We want to provide a safe and comfortable environment for our kids and our families, but they miss out on our presence. We work hard to save up for retirement, but by the time we get there we are either so tired from all the working or have missed out on the necessary lessons along the way that we experience more boredom than anything else. I think I would rather love life till I die, even if I have to work till I’m 70 than to miss so much along the way.
Do any of these sound familiar? Once I have money, I’ll be independent. Once I find a lover, I will have higher self-esteem. Once my spouse quits drinking so much, I will be happy.
Does the opposite not seem more logical? Develop your self-esteem first, and potential lovers will find you more attractive. Grow your independence and you will find it easier to make money. And perhaps if you are happier, your mate will not see the need to drink as much.
There it is. If you want to experience some value in life, start living now… be intentional about it now… it’s not so hard to get to. Be ready though, as I think that the real valuable things in life take a lot more self-work than desk-work.