Thursday, July 12, 2018

Don't Miss Out!

Don’t rush without resting
Time’s trouble and testing
Is always requesting
A new set of hands
Don’t live in a tizzy
Always far too busy
Where goals make us dizzy
With Duty’s demand

Don’t miss out on flowers
And picnics and hours
Spent beneath broad bowers
Of summer’s plush tree
With Book, boy or baby
A blanket, or maybe
A biscuit and gravy
Or a cup of tea

Don’t fret about ‘getting’
Summer’s bloom is threading
Earth’s loom with the shedding
Of green-blush-blue-gold
So work, but remember
Soon it is September
November, December
Summer’s embers cold

Don’t run without walking
Slow enough for talking
Time’s tiptoe is shocking
It touches us all
With longing and laughter
Where mere moment-matter
Writes songs we hear after
Summer turns to fall

© Janet Martin

 ...the farmers will plant them
    and enjoy their fruit.

Have you heard the story about the Fisherman and the Businessman?

There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village.
As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.
The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”
The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”
“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.
“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.
The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”
The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”
The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman.
“I am a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village and to Sao Paulo, where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.”
The fisherman continues, “And after that?”
The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.”
The fisherman asks, “And after that?”
The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”
The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”

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