Bargains are a curse too.
Just like judging is a curse, and getting-or-wanting-my-way is a curse. A bargain seems so noble, so frugal, so worthy. Problem is, bargains are ADDICTIVE. Like other addictions, you become obsessive, and they become all-consuming, where you spend inordinate amounts of time researching to find the very-best purchase: price, condition, quality, whatever. A purchasing regret is anathema — a purchasing success, exacerbates the addiction. Addictions are irrational.
“Hello, my name is Dave, and I’m addicted to finding bargains when I need to make a purchase. I frequently spend as much time online researching a five-dollar purchase as a five-hundred-dollar purchase. Irrational. I stand before you tonight, not to help YOU folks, but to help ME. I need to be confessing to you that I’m an addict. Confessing reminds me of reality, and I need reality. I need to come here every Tuesday night and stand up here and tell you about me, so I don’t live in denial. I’ve come to conclude that I have an addictive personality. It’s a good thing I’m not addicted to alcohol, or drugs, but perhaps those would be easier to manage. I dunno. I can tell you this. I feel powerless to conquer my bargain-addiction. You fellow bargain-addicts won’t laugh, but others who do not have this addiction, may find it amusing. They have no clue how hard it is for a bargain-addict to pay list price, average price. Probably because they are healthier emotionally/spiritually than I am. Not proving-addicts like I am.”
Well, I’ve never been to a 12-step meeting, but that’s how I imagine my participation.
— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, championing Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness, so we Christians might have integrity with seculars, so we might have something they want
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