Found Money Project – July Update

Updated 7-13-13 – $8.80

Collected cans from the road by RobotSkirtsAs I wrote about in February, we began keeping track of money that we find. Later, in a May update, I explained that we also started picking up any aluminum cans we come across during our walks and our runs. Last week, I turned in 6lbs of aluminum and added $3 to the project total. See the entire Found Money List here.

Lately I’ve been paying attention to the reactions we get from other people about our ‘project’.  I’ve also been thinking about why we are doing this and what it could lead to.

Reaction of other people: Several friends and family members have joined in the fun, picking up loose change & aluminum cans and adding it to the project. I think they get a kick out of hearing how the total is growing.

Others have shown amusement, saying things like “A penny isn’t worth anything – why bother with it?” and “Homeless people pick up aluminum – you look ridiculous!” I suppose there could be some truth to these opinions, but I prefer to think about the project in a different way.

Why we are doing this: I still remember Sister Olivia explaining how she felt about found money… “You kids don’t pay attention to your money, so God gives it to me!” I believe there is a tremendous amount of truth in that statement. In his book Think and Grow Rich, author Napoleon Hill writes about the energy put forth by one’s thoughts and how those thoughts can support and energize the law of attraction. I look at it this way – if money presents itself to me, I believe it is my responsibility to be grateful and accept it.

What it could lead to: Sister Olivia used to turn her money into Christmas gifts for nursing home residents. Lately, I’ve been considering a bigger, long term project. What could this project potentially teach us all about found money? We are doing something that literally anyone can do – young, old, rich, poor, etc. What is the potential to make found money grow? How will the law of attraction manifest itself in this project? I’d be interested in your comments.

Stay tuned for the next update…..

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