I heard this story in one of the speeches by Joel Osteen.
He was sitting beside a river on a bright sunny day enjoying the sound of water flowing. There were a couple of other people also sitting near him with fishing rods, trying to catch fishes.
There was one person, he noticed, who was acting a little strange. Every time he was catching a small fish, he was keeping it; but whenever he was able to catch a bigger one, he was returning it back to the river. Joel saw him doing that a few times and became really curious. He went to that person to expressed his curiosity and asked the reason behind his strange behavior. The person calmly replied, “Oh, it’s nothing, I have a tiny little frying pan”.
When I was working for a big organization a few years back, I made a choice to work sixteen hours a day. I thought that working this hard will make me a great and loyal worker, which will help me getting my next promotion, which will keep me ahead of my colleagues for getting the one after, which will eventually make me rich and happy.
I had a tiny little frying pan then. I missed the family movie times, picnics in the riverside on a bright sunny day, board games, solving big jigsaw puzzles in our living room for hours, and many more such things that are significant. Then I slowly started saving money for a bigger frying pan. And then I bought one.
I now live in a small house; but if you look carefully, I’m sure you will be able to see my big frying pan from a distance.
Abhimanyu Gupta lives in Chesterfield, Missouri with his wife Nilanjana & son Anusurya. His profession is software testing and his passion are music and books. He can be reached via Email, LinkedIn or Facebook.