Today I learned an important lesson about awareness, appreciation and karma. It started off like most days and continued as normal (just a bit colder then intended) till around 3pm. I was running a few minutes behind my schedule and decided to hail a cab to teach my next student. I got to the gym, paid my driver, and hurried to set up the Pilates area until I realized I was missing my wallet.
I panicked. I frantically rummaged through my bag to no avail. “Did you see someone drop a wallet??” I said to the construction workers….Nothing.
I tried to find the cab company phone number by looking at the medallion number on my credit card receipt but found out the number wasn’t in the Taxi and Limousine system. I literally started freaking out.
Now, a little information about me…I keep EVERYTHING in my wallet. My whole existence is in it. It’s daunting and scary to not have it. ( If you have ever lost your wallet before, I’m sure you understand. It’s extremely emotional and overwhelming. )
As I began walking to my bank, I got a phone call from some random number saying they knew who had my wallet and gave me the number to reach him. I was speechless. I felt the greatest relief run through my body!
I called this amazing human and told him how grateful I was that he found me. I told him I tried to locate him but couldn’t and was so scared I wouldn’t get it back. The thought of canceling my credit cards, getting a new ID, getting a new health insurance card, replacing my monthly metro, my citibike key…the list goes on. I was not looking forward to this.
He assured me that I didn’t need to worry. I told him I would meet him wherever he was and my adventure to Woodside, Queens began. I told my driver we were going on adventure and to bear with me while I dealt with this traumatic experience.
He was so kind and understanding! We get to the destination and the cab driver from the phone hands me my wallet. I was SO happy to see him. I literally gave him the biggest bear hug. I’m not sure if that was appropriate or not in his culture, but I couldn’t help myself. I was grateful and relieved.
He told me everything was still in my wallet and to check to make sure. It was all there! Everything. Even the few bucks I had. I gave him a very nice tip and told him how much I appreciated all the trouble he went through to find me. He just wanted me to get my valuables back. He was very humble.
This experience made me believe in karma. It made me believe that when I do something good, the good that I do will eventually come back when I need it. Kindness is free. It doesn’t cost anything to be kind and thoughtful to someone. No matter who they are.
Today, I learned that not everyone is out to get you. There are good people on this planet. There are people who are kind because that’s who they are. I learned a huge lesson about kindness. Kindness to myself and kindness to others. I learned that I don’t ALWAYS need to rush. I learned about taking care of myself and my belongings. I also learned that awareness of your surroundings is just as important as taking care of yourself. I was reminded that I need to slow down, breathe and be present.
I’m thankful for this valuable lesson…but obviously, I hope It never happens again. Today, try to slow down. Be present. Buy a homeless person a cup of soup. Do something for someone else. See how it feels. I would love to hear your act of kindness.
Till next time…