Give and It Will Be Given to You

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

188-July 7

“Help thy brother’s boat across, and lo! Thine own has reached the shore.”—Hindu Proverb

I sat hunched in my chair at my computer, going over my Accounts Receivable. Sometimes I will offer clients a billing system based on regular monthly payments. Most of the time it works out well, but other times, people just don’t pay as they had promised.

On this particular morning, I reviewed two accounts that were more than a year old. Now it was time either to write a strong demand letter with a threat of legal action or to turn the accounts over to a collection agency. But as I sat there neither choice felt good to me. Quite the opposite: I felt depressed, uncomfortable, and irritable. I thought about what action would make me feel good and it came to me clearly: Send these people a nice note wishing them the best and letting them know I was writing off their balance. With that thought, a smile danced across my face and I wrote off $1,195. It was a joyful choice that I felt happy about.

The next day, my accountant called to tell me that I was due a tax refund. That evening, I went out to play poker. Poker is a fun and relaxing hobby of mine. Believe me, I am not a high stakes player! This particular evening I was having a rather lucky run of cards, what poker players call “being on a rush.” I was up about $100 when I hit an unbelievable “rush.” I got four of a kind, a straight flush, all the great hands. The cards all just lined up the way I wanted them and I won and won and won. I left the poker table with more money than I had ever won before at one sitting: $1,115!

Sunday morning, as I drove to my Easter family gathering for church and brunch, I wondered why I had been so lucky this particular weekend. Between the tax refund and poker, I had received $2,773 in “Magic Money”—unexpected income. A chill ran down my spine as I suddenly realized it was a complete demonstration of the principle of “Give, and it will be given to you.” By releasing others of their debt to me, I had opened the floodgates of my own prosperity.

I sang The Hallelujah Chorus that morning with extra feeling!

Is there a debt you could forgive today?

Today’s Affirmation: “The more I give, the more I receive, for both are infinite!”