It’s funny I came across this article today while sitting just a stone’s throw from an amazing, white-sand Hawaiian beach, trade winds blowing through sunlit palm trees. You get the picture.
While we are here to work, it is IN Hawaii. As my wife and I went for a pre-dawn walk, we came upon an amazing lagoon filled with thousands of fish and creatures. As the sun peeked over the shaded protection of the volcano, we could see the brilliant colors of the fish fully illuminated.
As we made our way along a skinny, elevated rock path that divides the ocean from the lagoon, we came upon a national park security guard. His name is Rocky. He’s a native. Told us a great story about how the King used this ingenious lagoon setup. You see, the King had his men construct wooden grates that allowed the fish to pass from the ocean to the safety of the calm lagoon waters. However, there was a catch. We’re talking about fish, after all. You see, when the baby fish became large, there would come a day when the now bigger fish were not able to squeeze thru the wooden grates and return from the lagoon to the sea.
Then the King would come down and stand above the lagoon and pick out which fish he wanted for dinner. One swift throw of a spear, add in a little fresh local seasoning and an open fire and bam! — a tasty dinner. Whenever he wanted. Brilliant. Just brilliant. Clearly there is a HUGE metaphor in that sunrise story from Rocky, but I’ll let you assess on your own.
Before we said goodbye to Rocky, he asked us where we were from and we told him Los Angeles. He told us his wife is from California. The Hawaiian native had a slight smile on his face as he said, “We had a recession in 2007 and my wife said we should move to California.” He paused and then said one of the best lines of reasoning I’ve heard in a long time.
“I told her, ‘If we’re going to suffer, why not suffer here in paradise?’”
Brilliant 2.0. Hit with two great messages before 630am. Sometimes life’s answers are simple, we just make them, and life, complicated.