Today as I was walking down Whyte Avenue in my home town toward one of my favorite coffee places, where I work on my laptop, I found a roll of five twenty-dollar bills.
There was no one around where the roll of bills were laying on the sidewalk between two doorways of two different retail stores, both quite busy on this beautiful Saturday afternoon.
I walked into the first retail store and asked the woman to announce to the customers that if anyone lost any money, I would gladly return it to the person if they could tell me exactly how much it was. There was no response from any customer.
I went into the second retail store and announced the same thing myself to all the customers. A couple of smart-ass young greedy, dishonest people yelled out "I lost $20" and "I lost $15."
Then just as I was about to leave the store, a young guy in his 20s said, "I lost a hundred dollars in twenty-dollar bills." He quickly pointed where he had the bills in a little clip wallet with his credit card. I gladly returned the money, knowing that the $100 went to the rightful owner.
So, what would you have done in the same situation? Be honest.
When I got to the Second Cup coffee bar where I work on my laptop, I told one of the female workers about my good deed for the day. I was surprised when she told me that she would have kept the money with the comment "but I probably need it more than you."
Yes, the extra $100 would not have made any difference in my prosperity consciousness. Actually, keeping the money would have lowered my prosperity consciousness and at the same time negatively interfered with my being able to be successful at what I do.
Fact is, I have returned money that I have found in similar situations several times over the years — even when my net worth was minus $30,000 and my income was only $20,000 a year.
Besides the fact that returning the money to its rightful owner is the right thing to do, the reason that I always try to return money that I have found is that I like to know that I have earned my money from my own creative endeavors and not from someone else's misfortune.
One thing is certain: If you would have kept the money like the woman at the Second Cup would have, you suffer from poverty consciousness — and will likely for the rest of your life regardless of how much money you earn or acquire. What's more, the chances of your earning a good income from your creative efforts are extremely low.
So how high is your prosperity consciousness?
Here are a few quotes about money to put money in proper perspective.
- Your prosperity consciousness is not dependent on money; your flow of money is dependent upon your prosperity consciousness. — Louise L. Hay
- Even if you don't have any money, you can create for your mind the reality that what you do have is overwhelming abundance. — from Anxiety Culture
- Abundance isn't a matter of acquiring how much money you desire; it's a matter of being happy with how much you presently have. — Unknown wise person
- Your wealth can only grow to the extent you do. — T. Harv Eker
- If you want to know how rich you really are, find out what would be left of you tomorrow if you should lose every dollar you own tonight. — William J. H. Boetcker
NOTE: The above quotes are adapted from my book of quotations called The 777 Best Things Ever Said about Money which will be released as a Free E-book on my websites in a month or two if I don't sell the rights to an American publisher who is seriously looking at it at this time.
For the record, I sold this E-book of quotations for a $8,000 advance to a Japanese publisher within 3 hours of my accidentally sending it to Japanese literary agent to whom I had no intention of sending it. Perhaps this good fortune was a result of my prosperity consciousness. What do you think?