An investment banker was on the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. His boat was full of beautiful yellow tuna. The banker complimented the fisherman on his catch, asking how long it took to catch.

The fisherman replied "only a short time."
The banker asked why not stay out and catch more.
The fisherman replied, "I've enough fish to feed my family."
The banker then asked what did the fisherman do with the rest of his time.
He replied, "I will sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening, sip wine with my friends, play my guitar, I have a full and busy life."
The banker was not impressed. "I have a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat and from those increased proceeds you could buy several boats and soon have a fleet. Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you could control production, processing and distribution by building your own cannery. You could leave this small coastal village and move to the city then to New York where you could run your expanding enterprise."
The fisherman asked, "How long will this take?"
The banker said, "Ten to 20 years."
"But what then?"
"Next you would announce an IPO and sell your stock to the public, making millions and millions. Then you could retire to a small coastal village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings, sip wine and play your guitar with your friends," said the banker smiling.
The fisherman looked puzzled, "I don't understand this, you are suggesting that I should go one big loop so as to end up where i am today, happily fishing on the cliff?"

An angry person is seldom reasonable;
a reasonable person is seldom angry.

Anger opens the mouth and shuts down the mind.

Three workmen were hard at it. Bright sun.
Warm day. Brick, mortar, heavy work!

"What are you doing?" asked the passerby.

"Laying brick," said the first, a smudge of annoyance in his voice. After all, wasn't it obvious? Why should anyone have to ask?

"Making a wall," answered the second. He too a little bothered at the query.

"Building a cathedral," replied the third with a note of satisfaction and pride.

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence

When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.

What is a friend?

A single soul dwelling in two bodies...

"I wasn't born to enjoy life. I was born to bring happiness to others."

"Ich bin nicht auf die Welt gekommen, um das Leben zu genießen, sondern um anderen Menschen Freude zu bereiten."

Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948)

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