Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Jade’s Home Again

th_clip_snowmen004 IMG_0247We were happy to see Jade again. We got her at the airport last evening. She had flown from Salt Lake City to Cincinnati and on the the Tri-Cites airport serving Kingsport, Tennessee.

She was a happy girl to be back “home”. Papa and Nana were excited too. We stopped for a late and quick supper at Perkins on the way back from the airport. I took this picture of Jade after we got we got back to the house. I’m sure we’ll have some fun days for the next week.

The Good Life
A few weeks ago, Jade sent me the following video. She said it had a good message and I agree. It’s called “The Good Life”. Many people are searching for the good life… will they know when they have it. Watch and see what happens.

The video Jade sent reminded me of a story I had heard many years ago. It is likely the video was based on this little story. It went like this…

The American Businessman & the Fisherman

The American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large Yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while.

The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs. The American then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time?

The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life, señor."

The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat, with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But señor, how long will this all take?"

To which the American replied, "15-20 years."

"But what then, señor?"

The American laughed and said, "That's the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."

"Millions, señor? Then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
There’s a good lesson to be learned in the story above. Let us not forget the true meaning of life and our purpose in living.

Quote of the Day
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
~Norman Vincent Peale


Joke of the Day

A plumber was called to fix a blocked pipe. He arrived, banged on the pipes for 15 minutes, and said to the homeowner, well that'll be $75.

The homeowner said "seventy five dollars!!!!- why that’s $300 per hour!! I'm a doctor and I only make $150 an hour!!"

The plumber replies, "Yeah, that’s what I got when I was a doctor."

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1 comment:

a corgi said...

welcome home Jade! and I'm glad Jade made it home considering how many flights have been canceled, re-routed etc because of weather

that was a good video; we forget to live the Good Life that we have now; we are always searching for more to make it better when good is pretty darn good! I liked it; good lesson to remember