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The Cost of Living

Written by Dom Liberati on Jan. 31, 2014

“Every choice we make in life has a cost. What are you willing to ‘pay’ for what you want?”

These were wise words from a musician friend of mine on our last beachside run. Every Sunday we meet up at Palisades Park in Santa Monica, CA to train for an upcoming half-marathon. As we cruise by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, we discuss the music industry, share stories and ask unanswered questions.

I was thinking out loud about some big decisions coming up in the near future and comparing them to past decisions. I reflected on what I paid to get to where I am today. Did I pay too much? Did I pay enough? Was I a good steward?

Instead of answering me directly, my friend asked me about the costs I was willing to pay.

Every choice leads us down a specific route and creates a specific outcome. There are costs we pay when we carve our paths: emotional, mental, physical, or spiritual, but we don't always consider the cost before we choose. Can I afford to pay the price? Is the choice a good investment?

I'm learning to "justify" my spending. We only have so much to spend, and we all spend differently. Knowing the cost of our decisions will better guide our path.

Every choice has a price. Spend wisely.

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