Then you could really enjoy life …

An excerpt from today’s Common Prayer:

Indian priest Anthony de Mello told this story:

“A rich industrialist from the North was horrified to find a Southern fisherman lying leisurely beside his boat. ‘Why aren’t you fishing?’ asked the industrialist.

“ ‘Because I have caught enough fish for the day,’ said the fisherman.

“ ‘Why don’t you catch some more?’

“ ‘What would I do with them?’

“ ‘You could earn more money,’ was the reply. ‘With that, you could fix a motor to your boat, go into deeper waters and catch more fish. Then you would make enough money to buy nylon nets. These would bring you more fish and more money. Soon you would have enough money to own two boats . . . maybe even a fleet of boats. Then you would be a rich man like me.’

“ ‘What would I do then?’

“ ‘Then you could really enjoy life.’

“ ‘What do you think I am doing right now?’ said the fisherman.”

1 thought on “Then you could really enjoy life …

  • Erin!! I kid you not… As I’m sitting here, catching up on your blog posts, and reading the post on ‘Simplicity’, I was thinking to myself that I needed to go and grab my Common Prayer book so I could look up the excerpt I just read and had wanted to share with you. And then I read on, and that was your next post. Kindred spirits are moved by the same kinds of stories, I guess.

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