Thursday, December 18, 2008

Whatever Happened to the $10,000 Check I Wrote in March?

A lot has happened since I wrote that $10,000 check which I promised to keep you updated about.

First, I stopped posting because all this blogging was getting too overwhelming!

Second, about a week after I wrote the check, I randomly met an old friend who I hadn't seen in eight years. She mentioned that she wanted to set up a memorial fund, at the same organization I had made my check out to, in honor of her teenage son who had passed away from Leukemia a year ago. And, she wanted to dedicate it on May 19th, one day before the date on my check. Sweet synchronicity!

Third, despite all the good happy feelings I had started off with, I suddenly got really stressed about being able to afford it. I spent an absurd amount of time worrying about it. Two months of worrying.

Fourth, by mid-May just enough money had come in from various random sources to pump my cash accounts to $11,500. (This included the stimulus rebate check, remember that?)

What then? I walked into the organization's office and handed in my check as a contribution towards my friend's fund. And I was still worrying and kept on worrying for a few more months.

You know what? Worrying is messed up. I know I did a good thing but I didn't get to enjoy it! What a WASTE!

Fifth, all that worrying led to a whole lot of financial "bad luck". Yuck! More on that later.

Sixth, I changed my attitude, quit worrying, and started to go with the flow again.

Seventh, the Universe sent the $10,000 back to me from another source. Yay! More on that later.

Moral of the story: Enjoy the process, let money flow, worrying is counterproductive.