Day 29 of #100daysoflovingmoney
There has to be some Action in this challenge--The body needs to know that your new thoughts are serious--that you mean Business !!
So the first Action step I took was recommended in the Book--Your a Badass Making Money !
The challenge was to give away any amount of money at least once a day for 29 days
Could be a $.01 or $100 --or anywhere in between. The idea is to help "let go" of money and circulate it !! I took this one on--because I tend to hang onto money very tightly in a lot of areas. Sometimes so tightly that it creates a lot of stress for me to let go of it --so I knew this was a great place to start !!
Several years ago--The owners from Cafe Gratitude--were here providing workshops to help my friends Natalie and Mike open up this amazing cafe here in Kansas City. As we are sitting there taking in all of their wisdom from day 1, they invite us all to "grab whatever money you have in your pocket or purse and hold onto it --but get it out where it is visible."
So I start internally panicking a little about what we were going to do with this money--I was pretty sure they were going to ask us to hand it over so I most likely grabbed a $5 in my current stage of stinginess. After everyone had their money in hand they asked us all to come up to the stage and get in a big circle with our money still in our hand. When we were all in a big circle --we were instructed to hand your money to the person on your left--and whenever your hand was empty--hold up your right hand high so anyone could see that it was up !
I was like well, there went my lunch money ! So we got this party started and handed our money to the left, my hand was empty and I raised my right hand. You know what the person to my right did ? They put more money in my hand !! Then I passed it to the left again and raised my right hand--and guess what--more money showed up in my hand !!!! This went on for several minutes until they told us to STOP. Whatever money was left in your hand you got to keep.
For me I ended up empty handed, Some people ended up with the same as what they started with and some ended up with more. I went back to my seat feeling like that was really cool but now I was out of $5 that I was going to use for lunch. The experiment was NOT OVER. The instructors then proceeded to ask the group that if you ended up empty handed or with less than you had, this was your opportunity to ask the group, the "community" for whatever you needed. So for example I was going to use that for my lunch so I raised my hand and said I needed help to pay for lunch ( I had other money) but I asked in good fun. A gentleman that ended up with double of what he originally had hollered out that he would buy my lunch.
Another participant raised their hand and said that was going to be my gas money. So several people in the group offered to give them money for gas. Do you see where I am going with this. This was the BIG revelation ! This was about letting go and circulating but this was also about community and when we work together as a community --everyone is taken care of !!
If you have some --you give.
If you need some --you ask
I have never forgot about that day and I think of that exercise often, its interesting that I have not put it into action more than I have for as impactful as it was. I suppose all things come to those in the right timing.
For this "Letting Go " challenge, I am on Day 3. So far so good but I have yet to give too much away. The real challenge will come when I decide to give some of those higher dollar amounts. Or maybe it won't. I am up for pushing myself though and there is nothing like handing someone money --Just Because !
Day 1--Gave $1.00 to my daughters friend
Day 2--Gave $.55 to my 10 year old
Day 3--Gave $5.00 to a random kid in Target (I did ask his mom first--for all of you that think that might be creepy !! )
Day 4 and on ....---TBD
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