Sunday’s Thoughts – What Are You Paying For That’s Free?

Albert Einstein has always intrigued me because he was just as much a philosopher as he was a scientist. Consequently I’ve borrowed one of his quotes for this Sunday’s thought of the day.

“Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”

A couple of months ago I was talking a morning walk and was a bit frustrated with the way things were going with my affiliate businesses, thinking how hard I’ve worked on many different things and the sometimes less than desirable results. As I walk, I occasionally like to kick rocks, acorns or what ever rolls well just to see how far they go. This particular morning I couldn’t connect with the acorns and my kicking effort ended in frustration as I seemed to be topping every one and watched them roll about 3 feet in front of me.

After 4 or 5 attempts to kick game winning 70 yard field goals, my acorn kicking desire waned and I continued on around our neighborhood cul-de-sac. As I passed nearly the same spot as my latest failed 3 pointer, my left foot (I’m right footed) connected perfectly with an acorn and it rolled out about 30 to 40 feet in front of me as if it were making a statement. After telling my wife about this little encounter, when either of us is struggling with striving too hard towards a target now, one will jokingly say to the other, “Let the acorn kick the foot.”

No effort and no payment had produced the greatest result.

Are you working hard and paying a big price for something you could get for free?

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