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Peggy Sanders: The value in life comes from seeing how meaningful small things are

Peggy Sanders
Oral, S.D.

One of the Facebook posts I read today featured the cover of a book titled, "Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want."

Just moments before reading that, I received an email with the following quoted message.

A boat docked in a tiny fishing village. A tourist complimented the local fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long," answered the fisherman.

"But then, why didn't you stay longer and catch more?" asked the tourist.

The local fisherman explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family. The tourist asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

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"I sleep late, play with my children and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar and sing a few songs. I have a full life."

The tourist interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you. You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."

"And after that?" asked the fisherman.

"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an extra fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City. From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the local fisherman.

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the tourist.

"And after that?" the fisherman asked.

"Afterwards? Well my friend; that's when it really gets interesting," answered the tourist, laughing. "When your business gets really, really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions."

"Millions? Really? And after that?" said the fisherman.

"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife, play your guitar, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."

The moral of the story is to know where you're going in life…you may already be there!

Though it may sound simplistic, it might make you think about what you are accomplishing each day.

Is your goal to see how much you can accumulate, or is it to be available to your family?

Sometimes it's one or the other, though in production agriculture, the family and the jobs are often intertwined, which is the best of both worlds.

Children learn about nature, you teach by doing farm or ranch projects and most of all, you are together.

It's not too late to change your path. ❖

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