Living A Life that Matters

This is eye-opening to a lot of us over-achievers

Timothy Burt

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Living A Life that Matters (Author Unknown)

A vacationing American businessman standing on the pier of a quaint coastal fishing village in southern Mexico watched as a small boat with just one young Mexican fisherman pulled into the dock. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. Enjoying the warmth of the early afternoon sun, the American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish.

“How long did it take you to catch them?” the American casually asked.

“Oh, a few hours,” the Mexican fisherman replied.

“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” the American businessman then asked.

The Mexican warmly replied, “With this I have more than enough to meet my family’s needs.”

The businessman then became serious, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

Responding with a smile, the Mexican fisherman answered, “I…

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  1. Good story and one that is a constant challenge. A simple life for the self employed in Hawaii can be doubly challenging. We think oh, now we can set our own hours, call our time our own, and to some degree we can. Then comes another bill or bogus letter from the state who doesn’t have its paperwork straight – and it can throw us on the best day. I often think of chucking it all and going to live (with my husband of course) in an even more remote location – say, in a cave somewhere(!) But we’re both pretty sure we’d still have challenges, only different. So for us the practice is equanimity. And believe me, it’s not a small thing. Aloha, James. Thanks for sharing ❤

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Self-employment sounds like another one of those grass isn’t always greener type things. Cave sounds nice, but I’m sure you’re right about the challenges. You are a very wise woman.

      Maybe if we all go on a 3-hour cruise and when the weather starts to get rough we’ll become castaways that the government can’t find! 😂

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. Here’s a few more of my favorites of his you may appreciate:

      “The Flying Cat”

      “The Daffodil Principle”

      “Kids Say the Funniest Things”

      Thanks for reading!

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          1. Always a pleasure! I’m going to start devoting a day a week to just reading and responding 🙂 I want to stay connected as well! But, I also need to practice what I preach and make sure it’s not consuming too much of my time so that I can still prioritize time with God and with my kiddos. I’m working on a balance of it all which can be tricky to find when I love it all!

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