I have a great story to tell you. It’s a story about seeding.
Back around December, about the time I received the letter about seeding, I was feeling that money was very scarce. My savings were decimated, partly because I had started paying for things that my parents usually covered for me (like school fees, books, some car insurance, etc.). They could no longer afford to do so because my dad, at that time, had been unemployed for well over a year. So while I understood why my expenses had increased, there was a constant battle in my mind. I was always thinking and saying, “I am so poor,” or “I can’t afford this.” Then later, not wanting energy to follow those thoughts, I’d affirm abundance, but soon I’d slip back into scarcity.
I figured that $500 would replenish my savings enough to make me feel abundant again. So i seeded 10 percent of that. But even before the $500 clicked in, things started changing.
On the advice of an inner voice, I checked out an old cigar box in my mother’s bedroom for U.S. Savings Bonds in my name. I found $300 worth. I blessed my grandparents and aunts and uncles who had bought the bonds when I was little, and I cashed them in the next day.
I had intended to use the money from the bonds to pay for a general fee for the spring semester at school. But by a wonderful stroke of Spirit, I wasn’t charged a fee.
My best friend, who had owed me a couple hundred dollars, got a high-paying job over Christmas break and was able to pay me back.
So at that point, I felt very thankful, very abundant, and I wasn’t even looking for anything more.
Then, about three weeks ago, my literature professor called me. I had submitted (in December, actually) a research paper on Emily Dickinson to an expository writing contest. He called to tell me I had won first prize – a check for $500.
It was a wonderful, wonderful surprise. I really never expected to win that contest; I’ve never won anything. It felt like a week-long birthday. And for the first time in many months, I bought myself some presents.
And I also thought joyously, “Seeding works! It works!” I would like to say that I knew that all along, and I suppose part of me did. But the other part of me, the one that likes hard evidence, was especially satisfied.
A lot of other wonderful things have happened to me this year. I got a car (that’s another great story that I can tell you sometime). And this week, my dad got a job!