More Time…

…More Energy

I am currently undertaking the task of manifesting more time and more energy. I can’t have one without the other.

Grand Central StationIf I manifest more time and don’t have the energy, more time won’t do me any good. Conversely, if I have more energy without the time available to use it wisely, I fear I may drive myself (and others) crazy.

This is quite a dilemma.

And, frankly, I am not being very successful at it.

The Secret

I’ve read the bestselling book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Although this book has sold more than 19 million copies, my copy isn’t working.

More organization doesn’t do it for me. I wind up spending time organizing when I could be getting stuff done. I just can’t seem to manifest more time and energy.

Maybe I should take a clue from nature. Plants get their energy from the sun. A day in the sun, maybe some place like Cancùn, might be the ticket. If not a day, maybe a week or longer.

Like the story of the Mexican fisherman, it could take fifteen to twenty years. The story goes like this:

An American investment banker on vacation in Mexico was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.” The American then asked why the fisherman didn’t stay out longer to catch more fish. The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.”

The American scoffed, “I have a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and, with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats; eventually, you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery.

“You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then L.A., and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

The American replied, “15 to 20 years.”

“But what then?” asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public, and become very rich.  You would make millions!”

“Millions – then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

(With grateful acknowledgment to Courtney Carver from the website “Be More With Less.”)

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