Bargaining on the Price

Think back to the last time you told yourself you were going to do something and it didn’t work out. For whatever reason, the thing you wanted didn’t happen (a job, a friend, an achievement, a health goal, etc.).

Rudyard Kipling gives us unique insight into the problem of the unattained. He wrote, “If you don’t get what you want, it’s a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price.”

I done this…bargained with myself over the price. For me, this bargaining comes in the form of the little voice in the back of my head. It says things like, “Do you really want to wake up that early?”, “This is comfortable, why change it?”, or even “You deserve this, so you won’t have to work that hard.”

That voice sounds like me. But it isn’t me.

It’s the way we bargain with life, the choice we must make every day.

Will we hit the day or let the day hit us?

Do we want it or do we want something else?

Will we bargain or will we work?

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