Something is Better than Nothing

Something is Better than Nothing

Something is Better than Nothing

There once lived a fisherman. The sole source of survival for this poor man was his fish. Not only did he sell the fish in the market to meet his expenses, he also ate it to get by.

One day, the fisherman reached the shore with high hopes of catching enough fish to feed him that day and for selling. However, to his dismay, he was only able to catch a little fry.

The fisherman looked at the little fish disappointedly. He had only been able to catch one small fish when he needed to have more to sell. This little creature would not even be able to fulfill his hunger let alone make him any money. Nevertheless, he opened his basket to put the fish inside it.

Just when he was about to throw it inside the basket, he heard a little whimper from the fish. He gave it a closer look as the fish spoke up. “Mr. Fisherman, please let me go.” Said the fish leaving the fisherman astounded. Getting over the fact that the fish could speak, the fisherman waited to hear the rest of its words.

“Spare me, Mr. Fisherman. I am too small to fulfill your hunger. You will gain nothing by carrying me home with you. If you let me go now, I will grow even bigger and in time, I will have enough meat on me to match your appetite. I will make a much better meal then.”

The fisherman thought over these words and even considered letting go of the fish. After all, it was making sense. It would be able to grow up considerably in the future and will certainly make a plentiful meal. Then he contemplated the fact that he would be able to see the fish all grown up and ready to serve him the meal he deserved, if could catch it the next time. He also thought over the fact that he had nothing at all to eat, today!

What was he going to do if he let the fry go? With that thought, he put the fish inside his basket, completely ignoring its offer. That night, the fisherman had something to eat because of the fry.

Moral: Something is better than nothing!

We are not always thankful for what we have. As a consequence, we end up losing the things that we do have. No matter how small or how invaluable they may seem to us, the things that we do get are good enough to meet our needs. You can see this message quite visible in the fable.

The fisherman ultimately understood this fact and saved the fish that he had caught with so much effort. He realized that no matter what, the fry would at least keep him from going hungry that night.

We need to follow the same example in our lives. We MUST make the best of EVERY opportunity we get, no matter how minute or feeble it may seem to us!


"We MUST make the best of EVERY opportunity we get, no matter how minute or feeble it may seem to us!" ~ Richard Bejah

A Selection of Better Than Nothing Quotes

“Something is better than nothing. Doin’ anything for a man, there’s investments involved, there’s time and production. It’s better to give him ten bucks and get a record out than to never record the cat.” ~ Brownie McGhee

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” ~ Earl Nightingale

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~ Thomas A. Edison

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