I was checking my credit card statement yesterday. I like to make sure I account for all the charges on the bill. Since I tend to have a lot of charges from Amazon, this was a sticky one. Everything tracked except for one $41.39 charge. I couldn’t find in on my Amazon order list. I’d gone back two pages, and the dates were well beyond the billing period. Finally, I gave up and disputed the charge, and USAA almost immediately accepted the dispute.
Something didn’t make sense, though. Amazon doesn’t make mistakes like that. They make other mistakes — like not giving access to an order after 30 days even if you haven’t received the item yet, which caused me to have to dispute a charge several months ago. But this wasn’t like them. I went back and looked again, going back another page in my order history. There it was. My refrigerator filter. Subscribe and Save. Order effective in July but not charged until August.
USAA’s phone app is terrific, but there’s no way to cancel a dispute via the app, so I had to call them. Unfortunately, they use an automated access point, which is a pain in the tail no matter who uses it, and USAA’s iteration is no better. Once I reached a human, everything went smoothly, and the young lady withdrew my dispute. I received a confirmation of the withdrawal via email this morning.
I like that USAA took my word for it and granted the disputed charge immediately. Of course, if I were lying there’s the pesky little thing of fraud, which is why I scrambled to call to correct my error as quickly as possible. Whew!
Kind of like MacArthur. Or not. Four-week vacations are not for the faint of heart. Or anyone with a heart, but we’re back. Yes, I only obliquely mentioned we were leaving. I did that on purpose. Now that we’re back, I’ll build four more posts to cover what we did on our spring vacation. I’m not sure if I’ll get these posts done quickly or not. After being gone for four weeks, there are “things which must be done.” Because we can afford a four-week vacation, but we can’t afford staff to make it easy to return. Laundry. Lawns. Cats. Those kinds of things. We’re catching up. Then there are all the things we should have been doing instead of goofing around for four weeks, but hey, you know how that is. In your mind, you would have been super productive, but in reality? Not really so much.
Here’s an overview:
Week 1: Texas Eagle, Chicago, Empire Builder
Week 2: Seattle, Ruby Princess and Alaska
Week 3: Greyhound, Sacramento, California Zephyr, and Reno
Week 4: California Zephyr, Wisconsin, and Texas Eagle
Eighteen states and two countries for me, and seventeen states and one country for Mr. L. Traveling Amtrak is always an adventure, and this trip was no different.
Angie Mroczka asked this question earlier this month, and I’ve been pondering it since then.
When I look back over my life, I most lament my refusal to listen and my negative attitude. My refusal to listen has kept me from being fodder for people influencing for negative as well as positive things, so I can’t say that I would have changed that without some compensating skill.
The negative attitude, though. With what I’ve learned over the last two years with the MasterKey Experience, I’m sad I wasn’t ready to learn a more positive approach until recently. Hard-headed as I’ve been, reaching this point has been 56 years in the making, and I’ve had a relatively painless journey. I know so many people whose journey has been so much more challenging. I don’t wish more challenge in my life, but I marvel at the challenges other people have faced, met head on, and persevered through. The more I learn about other people’s journeys, the more respect I have for where they are today in their lives.
When you find yourself wondering why some people are the way they are, change that to wondering what they have gone through or are going through to get them where they are today. Vow to be a positive part of wherever that place may be.
So, no, I wouldn’t really change anything about my life. Everything has happened for a reason, even if I don’t always know what that reason has been.
Ahhh, the Ides of March. Specifically, the Ides of March 1987. I entered the worst period of my life (to date) on that day. During that period my then-husband suffered a serious head injury. I thought it was personality-altering, but in retrospect, I suspect it opened my eyes to the personality that was always there. Shortly after that, my dog died, and my youngest sister was diagnosed with an eventually fatal brain tumor. My sister had the best outlook. During her initial hospitalization she said, “Don’t worry Grandma. Jesus is with me.” Her faith was strong, and reinforced all of our faiths.
I learned a lot during that time of my life. I’m thankful it’s behind me, but I grew in important ways, so I believe everything that happened needed to happen.
This month, we’re reading Scroll VI in Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World. Â Â This scroll focuses on mastering emotions.
The tides advance, the tides recede. Winter goes and summer comes. Summer wanes and the cold increases. The sun rises; the sun sets. The mood is full; the moon is black. The birds arrive; the birds depart. Flowers bloom; flowers fade. Seeds are sown; harvests are reaped. All nature is a circle of moods and I am a part of nature, and so, like the tides, my moods rise; my moods fall.
So, if you’re worried about your ever-changing moods, remember they are perfectly normal. In fact, “today’s sadness carries the seed of tomorrow’s joy.” Even though the changing moods are perfectly normal, never forget that how you approach them determines the outcome of any given day.
If I bring rain and gloom and darkness and pessimism to my customers then they react with rain and gloom and darkness and pessimism and they purchase naught. If I bring joy and enthusiasm and brightness and laughter to my customers they will react with joy and enthusiasm and laughter and my weather produces a harvest of sales and a granary of gold for me.
The important thing to remember is you choose. You are master of your emotions. Want a little help with that? Sign up below for the free 7 Day Mental Diet and informative email series that guides you along the path to success in that endeavor.
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