Great trouble comes from not knowing what is enough.
Great conflict arises from wanting too much.
When we know when enough is enough.
There will always be enough.
There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village.
As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.
The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman,
“How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”
The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”
“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.
“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.
The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”
The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”
The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman.
“I have a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village and to Sao Paulo, where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.”
The fisherman continues, “And after that?”
The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.”
The fisherman asks, “And after that?”
The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”
The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”
Brazilian story – Author unknown
When you know your worth deep down. There is always enough.
19 thoughts on “Enough”
Ha, great story, Karen! Yes, enough is enough. One of my current mantras is, “I have done enough.” That keeps me from overdoing it and losing balance. It is working very well. 🙂
That’s a great mantra Eliza! 👏👏👏Balancing our input and output is solely based on how we feel about ourselves. Have a great day ☺️💚
Wise, wise words dear lady. Many in control do not know it and force it onto us by the ‘system’ that is in place…their system 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋
Yes, and it’s up to each of us to stand in our truth. Thanks Mark 😊
Thanks Nico 🙏🏻😊
I love that story Karen, and so true. Great quote from Lao Tzu.
Me too Michele. A great reminder. Thank you ☺️💚
I absolutely loved to get to read this story after a very long time again!! It used to be my favorite, it helped me except myself for my slow and steady ways, when I couldn’t fit in anywhere in the busy world around. I loved the quote you began with 💛
Accepting ourselves is a practice for life and I love your slow steady ways. It’s the beginning of all wisdom. Thank you! 😊💚
What a great story. I’m with the fisherman. I would rather be rich in time.
Me too Ali. 👏 It’s where all our abundance lives and where we expand in life!
I’ve heard this before, Karen…but somehow it hit me differently today! Hope you are well ❤
I’m glad. Thank you Lorrie 🥰💚
Thank you 🙏🏻
It’s my pleasure dear…