Untitled, a point of view
I'm out of country for the month of May and taking a vacation from my regular column. I received this short story from a reader and thought I'd share it with you. It captures the essence of revisited values for many of us who have chosen to live the rest of our lives in Mexico:
An American businessman stood at the pier of a coastal Mexican village where a fisherman had just docked. Inside the small boat were several yellow fin tunas. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of and size of his fish and asked how long it had taken to catch them.
"Only a little while," the fisherman said.
The American asked why he hadn't stayed out longer and caught more fish. The Mexican replied that he had enough to meet his family's immediate needs.
The American then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
The fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, and 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 Los Angeles, and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise."
The Mexican fisherman asked, "But Señor, how long will all this take?"
"Fifteen to twenty 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?"
"Then you would retire. You would move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings, where you could sip wine and play guitar with your amigos."