Do You Believe? Well, You Should.

Tiffin- Box — Tiffin is lunch, or any light meal. It originated in British India, and is today found primarily in Indian English

ONE OF THE THINGS I MISS ABOUT HAVING COWORKERS is the meaningful conversations you have about life.  I am very much in the mindset that the world is extremely deliberate and that there is a certain sense of irony and humor in much of what happens — if you watch for it.  I have a former coworker who feels strongly that the world is random and hostile. It was the age-old question of  “is the glass half-full or half-empty?”  EVERY.  SINGLE.  DAY.  (This is the same guy that told me one of my shirts looked like Phyllis Diller had thrown up on me — what can I say, he was yin to my yang — it worked for us.)

Well guess what, this is my blog…  So, let’s just assume there is some method to the madness of what happens in life and let me present Exhibit A to prove that, as follows…  (This really does relate to Goodwill thrifting…  hang in there and I’ll get to it.)

If you’ve ever read or watched Rhonda Byrne’s book/movie “The Secret“, you are familiar with the “Law of Attraction.”  In a nutshell (which means every thing after this is from Wikipedia), the law of attraction is a natural law that determines the complete order of the universe and of our personal lives through the process of “like attracts like.” That is, as we think and feel, a corresponding frequency is sent out into the universe that attracts back to us events and circumstances on that same frequency. For example, if you think angry thoughts and feel angry, you will attract back events and circumstances that cause you to feel more anger. Conversely, if you think and feel positively, you will attract back positive events and circumstances… Whatever thoughts we dwell upon,we attract similar thoughts in our life.

OK, now we are back to the part of this story that has something to do with thrifting...  So one day I’m flipping through a magazine and see these cute little things called “tiffin-boxes.”  Billed as the ultimate in “green” food containers and a hip way to make those dull packed-lunches exciting, I knew immediately that I HAD TO HAVE ONE.  (Yes, I want everything I see on an infomercial too.)  I put “tiffin-box” on my mental shopping list and lo and behold…  (I hear you all…  what happens next?)  YES…  within weeks, I walk into the Marion Goodwill store and I find not one, but two, tiffin-boxes on their shelves.  $6 — Chi-ching!  Heck yeah there is a law of attraction.

The moral to this story?  There are so many, but I’ll leave you with the idea that you should keep a sort of “bucket list” as part of your shopping list.  “I saw this once”, “I need this”, “I would like to have”, “wouldn’t it be fun to have” things go on this list.  Thrifting makes your “bucket list” possible, fun, and guilt free.

So on to Exhibit B…  The Boy and I were driving down the street last week on the night before garbage day.  To his total humiliation, I sent him after a lamp shade that was loitering on the curb.  Guess what?  It fits the lamp my Dad retro-fitted for me oh-so-many-years ago.  I haven’t been able to use it because I have never been able to find a shade.

Hum, maybe I need to up the ante on this law of attraction thing…

What are you attracting?

T and The Boy

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