Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Getting Exactly what you ask for

... but not always in the exact ways you expected.

A few years back, I signed up for the Tut Adventurer's Club, and started getting Notes from the Universe in my email box every day.

I love the positive uplifting messages. But, that's not really the subject of this post ...

When I first signed up, I had to fill out a profile, where it asked me to put in some pretty specific goals. Well, since I have a part-time business, making some extra money was certainly among my goals. So, here's what I asked for:

1) A large screen TV with a home theater system.

2) Pay off all my debts

3) Earn and extra $5200 a month

It just hit me a couple of weeks ago, that without even realizing it, I've already gotten everything I asked for in that profile a couple of years ago ...

- When I met my wife Ana last summer, one of the first changes she made in my life was declaring that my small little TV was just not gonna cut it. So off we went to the store, and quickly became the proud owners of a 42" LCD flat screen TV with surround sound speakers. (at the time, I wasn't even thinking about my several years old "goal").

- For about 5 years, I'd been paying $390 a month to retire a pretty substantial credit card debt that I'd run up during my first marriage/divorce. Last Demember, right before I left for Iraq, I made the last payment. Two goals down (without consciously realizing it).

- The real kicker was when I finally started thinking about the money goal. When I set the goal, I had intended that it would be extra money from my part-time business ... but that's not the way I asked for it in the questionaire ... I just said I wanted to earn an "extra $5200 a month". I'll make an admission first ... over the past couple of years, the Air Force has sent me first to Korea, then here to Iraq, so I haven't put as much effort into my business as I had planned. But here's the funny part ...

Since I originally set that goal several years back, I got promoted to the next higher military rank. I moved back to Hawaii, so I now get a much more generous housing allowance. The check from my candle business has grown (despite my admitted lack of effort). And finally, while I'm here in Iraq, I'm getting several extra pay and allowances, as well as having no taxes taken out of my check.

When I added it all up, and compared it to what I was earning a few years back when I first signed up for Tut, I'll give you one guess what the difference is ...

Almost exactly $5,200.

I'm just on my way over to Tut right now to update that profile. This time I'm definitely going to ask for MORE ... and I'm going to much more specific about where I'd like it to come from ;-)

Til next time ...