Day #35: gratitude is EASY at bonus time!
Let’s face it: if you ride shotgun with Atila the Hun as his captive, you may long to get away, find freedom, escape, do ANYTHING except ride side by side with this pillager,…and then he goes and tosses a bag of gold into your lap as you ride off after the latest raid.
“Great!” you think, excited at the feel of the heavy coins in the cloth sack. “There’s SO much I can do with this bump in income!”
The war whoops ring in your ears as the rest of the Huns celebrate their good fortune.
If this were a Hollywood movie, and you were a handsome/beautiful young actor, I can see the script moving in the direction of you thinking about it, pondering the number of hot baths, and clean clothes you could acquire with this new influx of money,…then in typical movie climax style, after thinking for a moment, you toss the bag of gold back to Atila, OR hand it quietly to some widow and her 6 orphans cowering along the trail as the Huns ride through. Then you slowly back away from the crowd of revelers and then turning and riding away, hair and ragged clothes blowing in the wind along with your horse’s mane and tail, to seek your own path, and your own fortunes, assumably without the need to pillage.
Well, this isn’t the Dark Ages anymore and though few will have the long-lived notoriety of Atila and crew, there are plenty of raiders around throwing bags of gold to their trusty henchmen, willing and otherwise. And most of us won’t be throwing the bag of gold back to Atila, or handing all of it over to the orphan on the road – though there’s certainly nothing wrong with that.
We’ll either pay off debt that has crept up since the last coin-toss, or sock it away in savings, or spend it on something we’ve wanted or needed for some time. This is the 21st Century and most of us find ourselves in the no-man’s land between the Huns (corporate raiders) and the Hollywood script of brave or altruistic leanings.
Wherever you find yourself, and regardless of the amount and origin of the coin toss, here’s how to not only feel better about it, but to insure that more comes your way; and it doesn’t necessarily have to come from Atila’s stash, as there are avenues abound for you to receive this and more!
Circulate the “good” you have received. Be grateful, give thanks and bless it as a medium of positive energy. Find some person, place or activity that can benefit from a donation and willingly, cheerfully give some portion of that bag of gold to them. Some teachers advocate for giving 10% or a tithe, but you should give what feels right to you, and you should give to something or someone that represents what you want to see more of in the world. The feeling and intent behind your giving is more important than the % or amount.
Food banks help to stem hunger and food insecurity; if you want to see more kids go to bed or to school
with food in their tummies, give to your local food bank. Libraries support literacy, which is foundational to life success for all; if you want to support increased literacy, support your local library. Churches, synagogues, religious & spiritual centers often do much good in their communities. If you see one of these organizations doing the kind of good that you support and want to grow, give to them. And a MAJOR favorite of mine, animal shelters: if you love pets, and want to support humane treatment of cats, dogs and all other animals, give generously to your local animal shelter.
As you ponder the bag of gold tossed into your lap, be grateful for the flow of abundance in your direction. Do not save it in fear of a rainy day (saving for something wonderful is a better way to save). Do not hoard it all as a greedy glutton. Do not lord it over on others in a power play. Accept it; acknowledge your worth in receiving it. Bless it, share it, circulate it and most of all… enjoy it!
Thank you for this good in my life; thank you for the good I can “seed” for others with this (that’s your giving, or circulation of the good) and thank you for the future bags of gold coming my way!
I am grateful and I am blessed; and so it is!