Moving through this world with grace can be tough at times - this past Friday being a good example for me. But I do love this town and love living here. In my 52 years I’ve lived in four other major cities in this country and two smaller ones, but this is my favorite and the one I’ve called home for the last couple decades. That love has been reciprocated more times adnd in more ways than I can count and that’s why I’m sending this out. I’m hoping someone found a plain white legal size envelope on MetroTransit #20, Friday, February 01. If you did, you likely noticed the healthy amount of cash inside. The loss of that envelope turned a bit of a rough week into an even rougher one, for certain. But finding a sympathetic ear with a dear friend that Friday evening, I couldn’t help but be mindful of the fact I have made incredibly dear and lasting friendships in this city, that I have a warm place to sleep on a cold winter night (for the time being, anyway), good food and good times to share with those dear friends of mine - and that not everyone is nearly so lucky.
My friend I was with Friday evening is a big believer in karma and got me thinking about the ‘reasons’ things happen - a discussion that has allowed me, in my own way, to frame the situation somewhat more positively in my head and to relate this view: If the person who found the envelope is reading this, and really, really needs (needed?) the cash to survive, please know that I understand (been there and back again). But, if not then please realize that it was a portion of funds set aside for my own survival as this month’s rent, and I would very much appreciate its safe return. In fact, I would be happy to compensate you for any time, trouble or expense involved in its return. If you are that person and are able to return the envelope, please contact me at email@example.com - even delayed contact would be accepted with grace; and don't we all need a little grace at times. I will leave the ‘lostrent’ e-mail account open for the month of February and hope for a response. Regardless, whoever you are or whatever your circumstance, I wish you well. —Lost My Rent But Keeping My Grace