While one half of the world chases efficiency and big money, Goa continues to chase the perfect life.\nAfternoon siestas are still not traded for earnings. I have been turned away from a store at 1 pm \u2013 by the shopkeeper who knew that I would be buying worth about US$1500 \u2013 simply because of 1pm and time for his lunch and siesta \u2026. he politely asked me to come back at 4pm. He knew that money is not a good substitute for sleep.\nYoung men and boys still spend their leisure time \u2018playing\u2019 football very seriously against other village teams instead of just watching strangers play the game in some other part of the world.\nThey \u201clive\u201d life instead of watching it.\nThey fish for their dinner and they tell you that they enjoy it doubly because they have caught the fish themselves.\n\n\n\nThese pictures were taken on my phone on a lazy stroll on Miramar beach, Panaji, Goa.\nI got a glimpse of\u00a0 the local traditional fishing, \u2013 a glimpse that showed me their hard work, their small catch and their deep wisdom contained in the following story about a fisherman\u2019s wisdom:\nA boat docked in a tiny village.\n\nAn American tourist complimented the village fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.\n\u201cNot very long,\u201d answered the fisherman.\n\u201cBut then, why didn\u2019t you stay out longer and catch more?\u201d asked the American.\nThe fisherman explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.\nThe American asked, \u201cBut what do you do with all your time?\u201d\n\u201cI sleep late, fish a little, 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\u2026I have a full life.\u201d\nThe American interrupted, \u201cI have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you!\nYou 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. 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 entire fleet of trawlers.\nInstead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant.\u201d\n\u201cYou can then leave this little village and move to the big city and maybe even to the US. From there you can direct your huge enterprise.\u201d\n\u201cHow long would that take?\u201d asked the fisherman.\n\u201cTwenty, perhaps twenty-five years,\u201d replied the American. \n\u201cAnd after that?\u201d\n\u201cAfterwards? That\u2019s when it gets really interesting,\u201d answered the American, laughing. \u201cWhen your business gets really big, you can start selling stock and make millions!\u201d\n\u201cMillions? Really? And after that?\u201d\n\u201cAfter that \u2014 and this is the best part \u2014 you\u2019ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, catch a few fish, take a siesta, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends!\u201d \nThe fisherman was puzzled \u201cIsn\u2019t that what I am doing already\u201d\nMy guess is that this fisherman\u2019s tale of wisdom was set in Goa\u2026\u2026.\n\u00a0\n\n\n\n\u00a0\njm\nJuly 2013\n\u00a0\nThe post Goan Fisherman\u2019s tale \u2013 traditional wisdom, traditional fishing appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.