When I FINALLY got around to doing this item on my 'TO DO' list, my first thought was, "I hope the book gets there in time for Christmas" followed soon after by, "I am NOT looking forward to the lines at the post office this time of year."
Sure enough, the line today was out the door & had people with literally grocery carts full of gifts. And there was only one teller window open. Seriously?! This would be at least a 30-45 minute wait. Ugh.
I picked out a cute mailer (cost: approximately $3) & proceeded to address it. When I was done I pulled $15 out of my wallet & asked the lady closest to the table if she would be willing to mail the package & keep the extra money (it would be less than $8 with shipping).
"Um...no way!" she said as she shook her head a firm no.
Before I had the chance to feel defeated, the woman ahead of her (who, by the way, was having a grand time in line...chatting away with her friend) said, "I'll do it!! Does it need to be rushed?"
I told her there by Christmas was preferred but not mandatory. And to enjoy a nice holiday latte on me with whatever was left over. I handed her the package + $15...and that was that! She was all smiles!
I left feeling beyond delighted that I had bought my way out of a 30-45 minute wait for just $7. My time is WAY more valuable than that!
In reflection, I am also not surprised that the person having fun in line was the one open to doing something nice that benefitted me, the package recipient, & herself. Win-win-win.
I'll never know what the other woman's objection was. Probably something about it not being fair that I didn't have to wait in line like everyone else.
But you know what...I'm finally owning the fact that I'm not like everyone else. And for as many times as my mom's "life's not always fair" speech has played in my head after life kicked me in the ass...it was nice to hear it playing after life high-fived me for my brilliant $7 purchase of freedom.
Fair is a place with Ferris wheels & cotton candy. Life, on the other hand, is exactly what you choose make of it. And today, I chose to make my life AWESOME (for the low, low price of $7)!
What are you making of life today?!
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