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.
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