Monday 25 January 2010

I bargained with life for a penny.......

This is a great poem I came across a long time ago and found it again this week. Given that we're still at the early stages of a New Year it's message(s) remain relevant. This is how it runs:

"I bargained with Life for a penny
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.
For Life is a just employer
He gives you what you ask,
But once you set the wages
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial's hire
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life
Life would have paid"
-Jessie B. Rittenhouse
We should reflect on the depth and simplicity of what's on offer here. The messages as I see them are 3 fold.
  1. The person who decides the level of the bar at all times is us
  2. If we want to succeed and exceed we have to pay the price of success
  3. Having Goals, a Plan and a means of sticking to it inevitably leads to success

Why do so few people realise their potential then?....I believe it is because most of us are not even awake, fewer are aware of the reality and even less of us care enough about our lives to take control of them and live their own dream. When we live in fear we play small and that's how things turn out.......Paul Arden, the late great Advertising guru (the guy who famously put the blink into the the BA ads using moving people some years ago) once famously said in one of his books:

"Nearly all rich and powerful people are not notably talented, educated, charming or good looking....They become rich and powerful by wanting to become rich and powerful"

Are you 'planning' on getting more or less than YOU 'bargained for' in 2010!

Your comments as alwaysa are very welcome

5 comments:

H W.H (Health Wealth & Happiness) said...

My objectives are to spend the rest of my life teaching on the net that we can and must change our thinking and change our lives, yes whatever wage we ask of life , Life will still gladly pay.

Anonymous said...

Life will STILL gladly pay! That's my focus now in 2014 - asking life to give me what I deserve. I read this optimistic poem in the eighties when I was young, beautiful, positive and ambitious. But I was, subconsciously, asking life to punish me because that's what I thought I deserved. After 30 years of punishment and failure after failure, and a lot of soul searching - and onion skins - I've finally rewarded myself with the discovery of what had kept me in the prison of my own making - innocently as a child but of my own making... And this morning as I lay meditating in bed, the words of this poem, long-forgotten, resurfaced. The first and last lines were starkly clear whereas the rest were a bit muddled up, so I googled it in order to read the whole poem. And so here I am. Now, at 61, I'm bargaining with life for my just reward for the 30 years of striving and not giving up!!

Anonymous said...

.....Life would have **willingly** paid

Anonymous said...

Hello Anonymous, Please share your discovery of what kept you in the prison of your own making. thanks.

Unknown said...

after reading this poem i realised my past dosentd equal to failure .
im not a victim of circumstances,i have uniliunli power and potential to do great things.
i started at the same place every great leader started.
i came to realised im born to win.