"Life handed him a lemon,
As Life sometimes will do.
His friends looked on in pity,
Assuming he was through.
They came upon him later,
Reclining in the shade
In calm contentment, drinking
A glass of lemonade."
The above poetic rendition of the phrase entitled The Optimist appeared in a 1940 edition of The Rotarian:
I'm no Pollyanna, but I truly do believe most negative events in our lives can have a surprising positive effect. Call me crazy, but even you calling me crazy might cause me to stop and think about what I'm doing in a different light. Maybe looking on the bright side of life isn't always possible as they sing in Monty Python's Life of Brian. But I would like to think every cloud really does has a silver lining. (The sun is up there no matter what).
Anyway, it is the first of the new month. As with every new month, I always think now is the time to start new things, clean out closets, work on establishing new habits. Of late I have been thinking I really should review my subscriptions and auto payments taken from my debit card. But of course I procrastinated. I would do it one day soon, just not today.
Well, the Universe was listening and decided to take matters into its own hands. At 3am this morning a mysterious debit was attempted to a strange "customer service" organization in Boca Raton Florida. $44.14. Odd amount. Odd charge. I was concerned...and so was my credit union.
Today being Saturday, I was surprised to hear from them at 9am. A recorded voice asked about that charge:
Do you recognize it?
Okay, we will block your card from further charges. You will need to come to the branch to get a new card issued.
And so I did. It was the only strange charge thank goodness. New card. New PIN. Set to go. Then I realized I would need to review and update any regular withdrawals from my debit card. Aha! The Universe had forced me to do what I have been putting off. Lemonade from lemons. Cleaning up my accounts. Yay.
But there is one thing in all of this that I have to wonder. When did the Universe move to Boca Raton? Isn't that where the Golden Girls lived?
Okay then. June is off to a good start. First blog of this month, second in two days. Things are looking up. And as I am now canceling several unwanted/unneeded/unused subscriptions, I will save a bit of money to boot.