Contentment When is enough enough?
A rich industrialist from the North was horrified to find a Southern fisherman lying lazily beside his boat smoking a pipe. “Why aren’t you out fishing?” asked the industrialist.” “Because I have caught enough fish for today,” said the fisherman. “Why don’t you catch more than you need?” asked the industrialist. “What would I do with it?” asked the fisherman. “You could earn more money,” was the reply. “With what you sell your extra fish for you could get a better motor and boat; you could go into deeper waters and catch more fish. You could buy nylon nets. You could catch more fish and make more money. Soon you could have two boats, then a fleet of boats, employees, and a real business. Then you would be rich like me.” The fisherman asked, “Then what would I do?” The industrialist said, “Then you could sit down and enjoy life.” The fisherman said, “What do you think I’m doing now?!”
What do I really need to be content? More friends? Another relationship? A better paying job? One of our local university professors starts his Psych 101 class by asking his students “Why are you here? Why are you going to college?” He gets a range of answers, from getting a good job to being successful to living the American dream. He continues asking them again and again, writing all their answers on one side of the board.
Finally one class member answers, “I just want to be happy!” The professor writes the word HAPPINESS on the other side of the board and circles it. He then asks his students “Does achieving all the things on this side of the board equal happiness?” Yes? No? If not, what does? This professor then goes on to discreetly share his spirituality as the source of personal happiness in his life. What simple, practical insights deduced from the minds, and hearts of his students!
Happiness, contentment, serenity—gracious gifts from our Higher Power given as wewalk our talk in recovery—are more precious and powerful than any degree, success, silver, or gold.