The best price of anything is the total amount of life chain you exchange for it.
We all make trades in our life cycle. We trade our energy. We trade our time. We trade our attention. We trade our hard-earned dollars. Many of us move through life in continuous momentum, never stop to reflect on where that flow is taking us. If it’s hindering or helping us. If the trades we are doing daily are letting us live our best life. If the trades are giving us more good time with those we love about most. If we can turn up for them fully enthused, energized, and engaged.
Or are we turning up for them frustrated, tired, and distracted? The trades we make in life take a toll on us emotionally, mentally, and physically. We trade our life for-
Security – We invest in our skills and knowledge as a means to earn our living. We pick out the lives we will live in. We seek the good human to place around us. And we trade our talents and time for a steady paycheck with which to purchase security, food, shelter, clothing– the foundation of our existence. Making no-fault, this is not an unwise trade. Motivational quotes of life lay the baseline upon which many of our life’s choices can be designed.
But it seems, after achieving good security, most of us begin pursuing.
Comfort – The basic elements of security: clothing, roof, meals are rarely enough. We pursue relief to be added to our foundation of security. So we start trading our time and our paychecks for a bigger home in a nicer neighborhood, a softer couch surrounded by trendier clothing, entertainment choices, and a nicer car with more features that feel us a little more fashionable among our peers. Some days we intentionally seek easement, but most often we do as society makes it appear so glittery.
Luxury – After absorbing comfort and security, luxury lurks not so far in the distance. We can taste it. We can see it. It comes overwhelmingly satisfied. And we understand what it asks of us: just a few more time each week at work, a bit more research to get it right, and a few more money spent at the mall. Soon, we start trading the finite resources of our life for the luxurious offerings of this universe.
This is your world and your life. Are you who you want to be?