- Harold Kushner
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
One of my dear friends had something happen that must be shared with the rest of us whom are still learning how to manifest prosperity in our lives. What transpired with her, as I have read so many times, is an example of: “what goes around…comes around.”
She probably would not wish her name used. Therefore, a name came to mind: I will call her… Alice.
In addition, if she reads this, I am pretty sure her response would be, “Well, I just did what I felt to do?” She was at the time completely, non- assuming, and non-attached to the outcome.
While the rest of us, namely myself, explores what I am doing incorrectly that tithing and affirmations haven’t help turned the “prosperity tide” so to speak. I learned a lot, from what took place with Alice the other day.
Okay, Alice went into town to do shopping. At our local Fred Meyer store, people stand at the curb near the stop sign coming out of the parking area, to solicit for funds, food, gas or whatever. Hand-held signs read; “Homeless please help, need food, need gas” you get the picture.
As Alice started to leave the parking lot, she observed a man who was standing on the corner. Alice said that perhaps he reminded her of her Grandfather. Something pulled at her, and she said to herself, “I am going to give him some money.” (Alice said that she has never given any money to people in this situation before.)
With this prompting, she had $2 laying on the car seat that she was going to return to her wallet. She pulled over, rolled down the window, and handed the man the $2 of which he graciously thanked and blessed her profusely.
As Alice drove away, she said that doing this, “really felt good!”
She drove across the street to the Safeway parking lot to finish up errands. As Alice walked toward the Safeway entrance, she spied in the roadway a crumbled $10 bill!
Of which she retrieved with a smile on her face.
Now when I heard about this event, I learned a lot with the error of my ways. Alice came from totally giving place. She had no fear of letting the $2 go. She commented that she said to herself, at the time, “I don’t care if he is an alcoholic, or, he has a Cadillac a block away.” She proceeded to give the money to him with no judgment.
Furthermore, Alice did not “give… to get back” this is not part of her consciousness. It isn’t mine either, however, I suspect that when I am tithing or donating, after a period of time passes, it feels like; if it is true what goes around come around. So where is it? I am still attached to the outcome and NOT in the flow!
In other words, there is a hitch to my sharing… I am looking for a return!
So, from now on, I intend to share, give back and refrain from expectation of a “timed return.” I need to simply give back and “pay it forward” these days, because so many people have shared with me: food, shelter, and kindness these past few years when I have been homeless.
It feels like Alice’s experience has given me a gift of a clearer picture of what I must do.
Thank you Alice!