Yes I was there to do a transaction, but the exchange wasn’t about money. It was an exchange of thoughtful words essentially between strangers. The short conversation between the bank teller and myself went like this….
Me: “I would like to transfer some funds and get a money order”
Her: “Who would you like it made out to?”
Me: “A law firm” (and I gave her the correct spelling of the name of the the firm and the amount)
Her: “Oh, are you buying something?”
Me: ” I wish I was, but I’m just paying my legal fees”
Her: “Maybe you are buying something…..maybe you’re buying peace”
I looked at her in utter amazement and quickly realized that she was actually right, or at least that was the long term intent. I smiled at her and said “yes, that is what I’m buying” and told her how much I appreciated her insightful comment.
I will never forget this short exchange. Yes it was meaningful but more than that it made me realize that unless we are truly authentic with ourselves and others, even if we don’t know who they are, this would never have happened. It was a subtle positive affirmation for me and it more than made my day…..in a very peaceful way.