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$20 Dollars and a Wish


Making a wish from losing $20

I have a story to share with you today, my lovely readers, but it’s not a Story Time story.

Rather, it’s the story of a Saturday morning with the family and a $20 bill.  We took everybody out for breakfast, including Big and his Sweet Girlfriend.  Afterward we hit a couple yard sales. We were having a lot of fun just being together and blowing a Saturday morning when I suddenly realized I was missing $20.  Big offered to retrace our steps and look for it, but I knew there was no way he would find it.  For a split second I wanted to be upset.  $20 is $20, and for us that means something.  I’m not in the habit of throwing money away.

But then I paused.  Because I’m always talking about kindness and paying it forward and I believe wholeheartedly that it makes the world a better place.  So I could be mad at the Universe or myself because I lost a little money.  Or I could do something else entirely.

Here’s what I did.  I let that $20 go.  With a smile.  Because I realized that someone out there was going to find it and feel like the luckiest person in the world that day.  So I made a wish for the recipient of my $20 gift.  A wish that whoever found it got something good with it.  The wish went something like this:

If it was a

  • Young mother I wished she would take her littles out for ice cream with her newfound money
  • A homeschooler I wished she would be able to buy a couple of books or some school supplies
  • A homeless person I wished he would buy himself something cool to drink and a meal
  • A teenager I wished she would put the money in her gas tank and drive her friends out to the lake
  • A weekend dad I wished he would take his kids to the movies
  • An elderly couple I wished they would treat themselves to some kind of fun meal or activity
  • A bibliophile I wished he would find 4 books for $5 each or a ton of books at a yard sale
  • A child I wished his mama or dada would take him to buy a new toy
  • A movie buff I wished she would go buy herself that new DVD she’s been eyeballing
  • A student I wished he would take the money and give himself a break from his studies
  • A struggling family I wished they would use the money to buy a couple meals’ worth of food or put it toward their electric bill
  • A rich person I wished he would open his heart and pass the $20 on to someone who could use it more than he

I had so much fun imagining how the person who found that $20 might have used it that I completely forgot how I could have used it.  It didn’t matter anymore that I need that money; it mattered that someone else was going to get a great surprise–an extra $20 to spend however they wished.  Or however they needed.

There was no room to be upset at anybody when I pictured how exciting it would be for someone to spot that bill laying on the ground somewhere.

Sometimes bad things to happen to us, but sometimes they aren’t so bad.  I mean, I love going through a drive-thru and arbitrarily buying lunch for the person behind me.  I try to do it whenever I can afford it.  Maybe someone did just that with my $20.  Wouldn’t that be amazing?  It’s like Chaos Theory–Did something good happen on the other side of the world because I dropped a 20-dollar bill?

Oh, I do hope so, my friends.  It is my wish for this week.

You  know what’s funny?  I’m kind of glad I dropped that money.  It made me realize that there is a different way to handle myself when something ‘bad’ comes along.

With a wish, I can make it into something good.

Love wins,




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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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  1. Love reading this post. You will not feel stressful anymore by thinking the positive from the lost of money. I agree with you. You might have done some good deeds to others from the occasion. Thank you for sharing at Talk it up Thursday. Waiting for your next share.
    Michelle Knight recently posted…End of School Year Summer at Family Fun FridayMy Profile

    • ktbrison@gmail.com

      It really did make me feel better about the whole thing, Michelle. I’m determined to try to find the good in my bad luck every time from now on.

  2. What a great perspective, KT! Thanks for sharing your story with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

  3. I was bagging my groceries one day and accidentally left 2 gallons of milk on the counter. instead of beating myself up for not paying attention or lamenting the wasted money, I did basically the same thing you did here. I imagined that someone out there really needed milk for their family and I was the one who God used to provide it for them. Instead of being a negative experience, changing perspective turned it into something good. I think that practice can be applied to sooo many situations that vex us all the time. Thanks for sharing your story! It’s a good lesson to us all to submit our lives… including our misplaced items… to God for His use!

    • ktbrison@gmail.com

      Thank you for sharing that! What a beautiful way to look at it. It really makes bad luck seem good, doesn’t it?

  4. What a great way to make things positive. This is so great! Thanks for linking up with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week.
    Charlene Asay recently posted…Family Joy Blog Link Up Party #23My Profile

    • ktbrison@gmail.com

      Thanks, Charlene! It really improved my day. And my week. I still get happy just thinking about it. 🙂

  5. I LOVE everything about this! I think it is so awesome of you to take something that would really upset most and make it something positive. I smiled for so long after reading this. You are ‘being the change’ in this world, KT and I love following along on this amazing journey of yours.

  6. Love this story!
    How fun to think about who may have enjoyed your $20!
    I found your post today on Social Butterfly.
    Hope you have a blessed day~
    Melanie recently posted…7 Important Truths All Christians Must BelieveMy Profile

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