I came across this classic poem recently:
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 have 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 willingly paid.
–by Jessie Belle Rittenhouse (1869-1948)
My Question for You
What is your bargain with Life?
Are you working for a penny, or something more?
How about your end of the deal?
Are you even keeping score?
If we get out of Life,
Only what we ask,
I say go for the Moon,
And reach for the stars.
But, are you willing to bear the task?