It’s not an uncommon thought that you have to keep your finances and (well really life in general) moving to allow space for new energy to enter. I first heard this concept verbalized by Suze Orman in the late 90s when she spoke about making a financial contribution to a charity on a monthly basis. By giving away some of your money to a good cause it allows the universe to send more back to you.
This is along the lines of The Secret, Karma or whatever else you’d like to call it. Me? I call it the sake of doing good for goodness sake (makes me think of Christmas I guess).
This morning I came across this concept once again.
I was on time to work so I decided to treat myself to a Starbucks mocha and use up the last of a gift card I had in my wallet. I got in line, waited to see what was in the pastry case while the man in front of me totally blocked everyone’s view talking to one of the baristas. I placed my order and moved to the cashier to pay. I gave him my gift card and had my cash in waiting to pay for the balance that I was sure would be due. The gift card was winter themed, which means I’ve been hanging on to it for several months, certainly it only had pennies left on it.
The cashier ripped off the receipt and handed it to me with a smile and cheerful “no balance due”. As I moved over to wait for my beverage I looked down at the receipt. I still have $10.31 left on the card!!! That’s a lot, considering I’ve had it in my wallet for so long.
I’ve concluded that my decision to stretch my dollars (not just halt all spending) has increased the distance my money will go. Call it luck, like finding a bill in a pair of pants you haven’t worn for a while. Call it destiny, I was bound to use that card some day right? Or call it being rewarded by the universe. I like to think that volunteering at NW Harvest last weekend and going out of my way to find coupons for the last few purchases I made, played a part in that gift card resurfacing in my wallet.
If it’s been a while since you’ve donated your time or money to a charity, make a goal to start with something in October to take part in the universe. Donate $10 a month to a charity online and see what happens.
If nothing else you’ve given back to the universe and stretched your dollars further than if you had just blown it on candy corn.