Smile of the Day

Life is getting much too serious, yes? Who doesn't need a daily smile?

Wednesday, December 21


One day a fisherman was lying on a beautiful beach, with his fishing pole propped up in the sand and his solitary line cast out into the sparkling blue surf, enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun and the prospect of catching a fish.

Came a businessman walking down the beach, trying to relieve some of the stress of his workday. He noticed the fisherman sitting on the beach and decided to find out why this fisherman was fishing instead of working harder to make a living for himself and his family. "You are not going to catch many fish that way," said the businessman to the fisherman. "You should be working, rather than just lying on the beach."

The fisherman looked up at the businessman, smiled, and replied, "And what will my reward be?"

"Well, you can get bigger nets and catch more fish," was the businessman's answer.

"And then what will my reward be?" asked the fisherman, still smiling.

"You will make money and be able to buy a boat, which will then result in larger catches of fish."

"And then what will my reward be?" asked the fisherman again.

The businessman was beginning to get a little irritated with the fisherman's questions. "You can buy a bigger boat, and then you can hire some people to work for you!" he said, a little sharply.

"And then what will my reward be?" repeated the fisherman.

The businessman was getting angry. "Don't you understand? You can build up a fleet of fishing boats, sail all over the world, and let all your employees catch fish for you!"

Once again the fisherman asked, "And then what will my reward be?"

Furious, the businessman shouted at the fisherman, "Don't you understand? You can become so rich that you will never have to work for your living again! You can spend all the rest of your days sitting on this beach, looking at the sunset. You won't have a care in the world!"

Still smiling, the fisherman looked up and said, "And what do you think I am doing right now?"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This brings back memories of the best period in my life. It is an old Italian song which we heard while living in Italy in 1960.

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