Schooled By The Universe

Boy, the universe really schooled me this morning! I was headed to the bank on my way to the gym and I was thinking about how of the two bank branches on the way both have ATM machines in the back of the building. I thought to myself that it seemed a little bit unsafe, but then again I live in Santa Fe and how often do I really hear about problems? In fact, I can’t remember ever hearing about a problem at an ATM machine here. Anyway, I decided to go to the first branch and I was aware after I pulled in that a pickup truck pulled in shortly after I did. I didn’t think too much of it except that the pickup truck pulled into the lane next to mine, which placed it behind the ATM machine that I had driven up to. The odd thing about that is that it was a drive-in teller lane rather than another ATM machine. The bank was not open.

As I was entering the information into the ATM, I heard the doors open on the pickup truck and at least one person got out. I heard him say something to another person. I immediately got scared, hit the cancel button, rolled up my window, and drove away quickly. As I drove away I immediately thought to myself that I couldn’t remember if I’d actually completed the transaction. I knew that I had hit the cancel button but didn’t really remember how far along I was in the process. I looked in my review mirror as I drove off and I saw the man who’d gotten out of the truck waving his hands and yelling. I pulled back around and he was standing there with his hands to the side looking at the ATM, which had just dispensed my $200. When I rolled down my window he said, “Bro, I put my card in and your money just started coming out!”

I looked at him rather sheepishly and made up a story about having thought that the machine had canceled my transaction. I took the money out of the dispenser. He had not touched it; by the position of his hands he wanted to make it clear that he had not.

Embarrassed, I took $20 from the money and handed it to him in thanks. He would not take it. I tried a second time and he again refused. I thanked him for his honesty and pulled away.

Driving away I was aware of how deeply guilty I felt. I judged the fact that this car pulled up and pulled into a lane next to mine and that someone got out of the vehicle. I spooked myself; very unlike me! I jumped to a very wrong conclusion and I was embarrassed and felt guilty about it.

When I got to the gym, I told my buddy of the story and gave him $20 to give to his young daughter. I really wanted to give something back to thank the universe for this man’s honesty and to make me feel a bit better for my own mistrust.

I need to look at how I set this up this morning. From the time I left the house, to allowing my thoughts to go towards how relatively unsafe I felt the placement of these ATMs were, to my very quick judgment of the people who got there after I did. It was a chain of events that I let very quickly get out of hand.

I am deeply grateful that the universe took the situation I created to teach me a lesson in what turned out to be a very safe way. It now feel responsible to understand what that lesson might be. As synchronicity would have it I will participate in a group meeting later this morning, as the focus person, and will have just that opportunity. I welcome it, and am excited to learn the outcome.

Have you been schooled by the Universe? Send an email and let me know! I would welcome that.

With Blessings and Gratitude,
from Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dr Mark Arcuri

Author. Speaker. Guide. at Transformational Life Guidance
Dr Mark Arcuri is an internationally recognized Author, Speaker, and Integrative Health & Wellness Guide. His mission is to connect with others in a variety of meaningful, creative, and spirited ways, allowing for transformational alignment leading to extraordinary growth and wellbeing!

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