Sunday, when I unloaded my home and garden purchases, I noticed that I had taken home two more bags of mulch than I had purchased. I am not certain how the discrepancy occurred but it is the type of event that I always used as a teachable moment when I had children at home.
Yesterday evening I went by Lowe’s to purchase some more mulch and to square up my errant purchase. The clerk was a little surprised that I had reported my error and readily accepted my money for the two bags. She was impressed and extended last week’s prices so I could buy two more at the sale price.
As I loaded my car, I felt really good. It was that kind of peaceful feeling you get when you do something “right” even though no one is watching. I thought to myself, I could have gotten away with this from the human perspective but I can never cheat the Universe. We always receive, in like kind, exactly what we give.
From Lowe’s I went directly to Sam’s Club, made a couple of purchases, and then crossed the parking lot to Taco Bell. Pulling up to the window at the fast food spot I was shocked to discover that I had lost my wallet. My first thought was to give thanks for the return of the wallet.
I drove back to Sam’s, walked in, and immediately learned that one of the door greeters had turned my wallet in to the service desk. Within minutes I had my wallet, fully intact, back in my possession and I felt overwhelmed with gratitude for the demonstration of the Universe’s benevolence.
We truly do receive, just as we give. Just as we can never cheat the Universe, we can never out-give Life.