How my wallet got stolen... and serendipitously returned.
My car was broken into.
I was living in North County San Diego and my Audi was parked in the driveway of the home I was sharing with three other women.
I realized something was off, when I opened my door handle and it seemed as though it hadn't been shut all the way.
'That's strange,' I thought to myself.
Then, I got into the car. Everything seemed like normal, until I reached into the side door for my sunglasses.
They were gone.
'Weird,' I thought again, knowing how meticulous I am with the whereabouts of all my things.
And that's when I realized that my spare wallet with cash for parking and whatnot was also gone.
As were a pair of headphones.
And my glove compartment was fairly empty.
'Crap,' I thought, as I got out of the car. 'I've been broken into.'
I went back into the house, told my housemates what happened, and they suggested I report it. When I did, we were notified that there'd been a string of break-ins recently, similar to mine, in our neighborhood.
There wasn't much cash or anything of that sort, so I wasn't upset about being robbed in that way.
It was more the violation of privacy — and the fact that the spare wallet had ID cards to various memberships that in order to be replaced would be such a pain in the ass.
A little while later, I received a phone call.
"Hi," someone said. "Did you happen to lose a wallet earlier today?"
"What?" I responded, surprised.
"Well, I was out walking and I found this wallet near a mailbox and inside was your business card and a bunch of membership IDs."
"Really? My car was broken into this morning!"
"I'm sorry. Well, I have your wallet if you'd like it back."
It turns out that my wallet had been tossed to the side after the cash was taken out and the only things I really cared about were serendipitously returned to me by someone who happened to be walking in the neighborhood.
It was both a balance of learning the lesson in shadow & Light.
In surrender & release.
In letting go & finding better.
Know that if you're walking through a tough moment, there's Light ahead.
That even when people let you down, there are other people who can bring you up.
You've got this.
You've got this.