Are you trading days for coins?

They deem me mad because I will not trade my days for gold, and I deem them mad for thinking my days have a price.                Kahlil Gibran

Every minute that passes is one that you will never get back. It also means that you have one moment less to wait until death comes.

Put in those terms, there’s an urgency to live.

Are you trading your days for coins?

Do your days have a price?

Chances are your answer to that question is yes. Mine is. My days have a price.

But it’s a much higher one than it used to be.

I hear my 2011 self saying, ‘Yes.’ And then immediately following with, ‘But I have to!’

What would that me rather be doing?

Living a life that I didn’t need to be paid to show up for.

Spending my precious hours and days engaging in work that I do because the effort in and of itself is valuable and produces meaning and satisfaction with my life.

So, given a choice between trading days for coins or living a life I don’t need to be paid to show up for, I’ll choose the latter.

Wouldn’t you?

Do you have that life that you don’t need to be paid to show up for?

If you don’t have that kind of life and would like one but just responded the way my 2011 self did (But I can’t!), don’t despair.

It’s true that you can’t have a life you don’t need to be paid to show up for. TODAY.

What you can do today, however, is take steps so that tomorrow (or 6 months or a year from now) you’ll be closer to such a life.

Seem impossible?

It definitely seemed that way to me then.

There’s a disconnect, though, between what my little brain understood as possible and what was actually possible in an objective sense.

You may also be suffering from an inability to see the possibilities rather than from a lack of possibility.


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