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A Different Perspective

Here’s another story that allows us to understand people better and the different perspectives we offer. Know and understand first your audience before speaking your “nuggets of wisdom.”

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. He was enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun and the prospect of catching a fish.

About that time, a businessman came 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 aren’t going to catch many fish that way,” said the businessman to the fisherman. “You should be working rather than 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. The businessman replied, “You will make money and you’ll 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 hire some people to work for you!” he said.

“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?” The businessman was red with rage and shouted at the fisherman, “Don’t you understand that 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!”

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “And what do you think I’m doing right now?”

One of my speaker-author friends, Jayson Lo, who authored Younique and Younique for Youth, shared to me when we were classmates that he seldom shares the lessons he learns to people if they don’t ask him for them. And I believe that’s one of the best lessons we can learn here.

Kindly share this or re-blog or re-tweet if you appreciate it and spread the idea!

To your successful and healthy living,

Jake De La Cruz

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Paying Forward

mango tree

Once, a neighbor was watching an elderly 70 years old man planting a seed of a mango tree. Curious, as he knows that the tree will take years to grow before it can bear fruit, he asked,”Old man, why are you planting the tree for? I don’t think you would be able to enjoy the fruits.”

The old man looked at him, smiled and replied, “Young man, throughout my life, I have been eating mangoes grown by other people. It’s time I do my part.”

In spite of what the “what’s in it for me?” culture think or do, let’s find a way to start planting seeds that would benefit our future children or grandchildren. We must believe that in one way or another, our life are connected.

The saying goes, “we reap what we sow.” But there are times when what we reap is not what we planted but we keep on planting good seeds that will benefit our loved ones. We sow what we want to reap.

As the Lord Jesus Christ said through the Apostle Paul, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” We give or sow cheerfully.