I’ve decided to continue writing about some of the items I have crossed off my “Kind Acts & Volunteering” bucket list. A few weeks ago (and a few days after I created this list), I found six dollars on the ground in front of a store at the mall. Naturally, at first, after looking around for a minute to make sure no one had just dropped it, I was super excited to have found the money and about to pocket it. Then I remembered my bucket list: leave $5 where a kid will find it.
Technically, I guess I cheated this item on the list since the money wasn’t even mine in the first place. Even so, I figured the same excitement I felt when finding the money, would be even more exciting for a kid who found it. I walked over to the Disney Store right across from the area I found the money, which was filled with kids, and left five of the six dollars on a rack of stuffed animals, then left the store. Of course, a kid might not have found the money and maybe an employee or parent did instead. Still, it was nice to consider that I may have made someone’s day, just like someone had (even if inadvertently) made mine.
Later, when I met up with a friend, she asked me, “What’s wrong with you? Haven’t you ever heard of finder’s keepers losers weepers?” and she had a great point! But I was being a bucket list snob, feeling motivated by the list I just created and in an odd way, it felt fulfilling crossing this one off my list.
The best part was that the next day, while on a run I looked down and saw a dollar on the ground, which I took with me. Later that night, I found a quarter on the ground next to our table at Applebees. It sounds selfish, but it was as if karma was working it’s magic and I was slowly getting back some of the money I found.
So has anyone else gotten joy out of donating to a cause, giving someone a gift, or paying for a stranger? Anyone want to add this one to their bucket lists?