Short Stories

The Fisherman’s Fortune: A Parable of Perspective

As the sun dipped towards the horizon, casting a golden glow over the tranquil sea, a solitary figure sat perched on the sandy shore, his fishing line dancing lightly in the breeze. The fisherman, content in his simple pursuit, relished the serenity of the moment and the promise of a potential catch.

Amidst this scene of peaceful solitude, a sharply dressed business consultant appeared, striding purposefully along the beach, seeking respite from the pressures of the corporate world. Intrigued by the sight of the fisherman at rest, he approached, intent on unraveling the mystery of this seemingly idle pursuit.

“You won’t catch many fish that way,” remarked the consultant, his tone tinged with skepticism. “Shouldn’t you be toiling away, striving for greater success?”

With a patient smile, the fisherman met the consultant’s gaze. “And what would be my reward?” he inquired, his voice carrying a hint of curiosity.

The consultant, eager to impart his wisdom, replied, “You could invest in larger nets, increase your catch, and reap greater profits!”

“And then what?” the fisherman queried, unperturbed by the consultant’s suggestion.

“With your earnings, you could acquire a boat, expand your operations, and achieve even greater success,” the consultant elaborated, his enthusiasm growing.

Once again, the fisherman posed his question, “And then what?”

Growing increasingly frustrated, the consultant snapped, “You could amass wealth beyond measure, retire early, and bask in leisure for the rest of your days!”

Undeterred, the fisherman persisted, “And then what?”

At this, the consultant faltered, his frustration giving way to bewilderment. “Do you even understand what I am trying to say? You will never have to work again for a living. You can just sit on this beach and watch the sunset forever. You wont have a care in the world,” he said, incredulous.

The fisherman asked, “I love to fish. Will I be able to do that?”

“Yes off course you can fish all you want!” the consultant retorted.

With a knowing smile, the fisherman leaned back, his gaze fixed on the horizon. “What do you think I am doing right now?,” he mused. The consultant stood there – speechless, perhaps for the first time in his life.

*Photo by Hugh Whyte on Unsplash

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