One day, I was on the train and this man with a horrible scowl and criticism written dead pan on his face, but he had just dropped a crisply folded one dollar bill from his slacks as he was sitting down. The dollar was only two feet beside him. It was his own dollar but soon it became free money because he did not notice it was his dollar.
I know it was his dollar because I heard it hit the train floor with a light tap when he took his hand from his pockets. I instantly wanted to help him. I tried to tell him by pointing at it silently and looking his way. I waved to get his attention but he paid no attention to me. I didn’t say a word I just let it go and gave up. He was in his own world scowling at the world. I looked at the dollar all forlorn and kept looking at it. He lost his money. I could not help him anymore. All i could do was picture him later in his day at a vending machine or a store counter and he is going to want that dollar. He will be looking for it. But right now he is so into his anger and bitterness to realize what he has lost. I feel sorry for him cause I know money doesn’t grow on trees. A dollar costs and it is a dollar lost. I wondered then about myself and how I sometimes have a sour face and don’t see things. I miss my blessing cause I am too angry to notice someone trying to help me. All he had to do is get out of his funky mood and see me looking straight in his eyes and trying to tell him his dollar dropped on the floor. But no. He lost the dollar anyway.
this scenario is familiar to me. Sometimes I too loose chances at a passing blessing because I am full of skepticism, anger, bitterness and criticism. These emotions blind me to anything good near me. So free money is lost money. all because of wallowing in self pity, criticism, anger and bitterness. The dollar that could have been yours get lost and someone else picks it up. Which is exactly what happened. A few stops later another happy guy walked on the train and instantly spotted the dollar and put it in his pocket and went about his business like it was his all along. Then the scowl face never knew a thing. His loss was someone else’s gain. So the lesson is basically, if you snooze in your attitude then you loose in a blessing.