If It Looks Too Good To Be True......Check It

  I obviously hear that phrase differently most times. It seems that many people have this adverse style of deciding that most things are just bad and that people are just out to screw you over. Well, I can honestly say, that I am seeing things more so than not, going the other way. It can be with something small that you see advertised and it just seems out of balance. Like for example, the housing market here in NYC. I know people who rent apartments and help others to find them as well. The common statement that I hear is that all landlords are scum and they are greedy and that all they care about it your money. There are ads here in the papers and online that offer "no fee" apartments. Then when you get there, magically they are all gone, but there are some open, but they have fees. Now, I don't have to tell you that this is not right. However, it happens. The upside is that I know many people who have found incredible apartments on their terms and are very happy. So one statement does not work for every situation.

   Now based on my experience with speaking things not existence, I can tell you will all of my heart that if you continually look to validate the negative statements, they magically do appear as being real and you do create an existence that mirrors this state of mind. NYC is a tough place to live in many ways. Now how did you feel when you read that last sentence? Did it sounds real or judgmental? Depending on who you are, where you live, or what you experience is with this city, your answer will be different. I do not find it tough to live here, I just find it refreshingly challenging. Each day pushes me in another direction, at a different speed, with a different rhythm. That is exciting to me. I will also say that I go out into it and seek the morsels and the nooks and crannies that wing up exciting me. I take my camera with me about 3 out of very 7 days. What do I take pictures of? Anything that moves me.

   I'll tell you about a situation that looked too good to be true. I was in a healthy cafe /supermarket in Harlem one day. I bought a couple of sandwiches and some juice. I was going to give one of them to my good friend who lived nearby. I had never seem this place before, so I decided to give it a try. When I got to the register, the kind woman rung up my things. Then something happened that seemed too good to be true. She told me that my entire purchase was free! I was a bit surprised, happy, confused, and just stunned all at one time. Then she told me that the owners put stars on the roll of paper that comes out to give the receipts. They only stamp 2 on the entire roll. If your receipt shows up with one of the stars, then you get your entire purchase free. She said it was their way of always giving back to their community for supporting their store. I was moved and inspired by this. Each person that I told that story to had a hard time believing it. To them, it was too good to be true.

   Have you ever been told something that seemed really far off from reality, and then you chose not to check it? Only to find out later that it was dead on? I am guessing that it has happened to all of us at one time or another. My point is this. We cannot block the good because it seems to good to be true. If it is out in the world and available to you in anyway, you are worthy enough to have it. To be clear, is there anything too good for you? I think not. If something is too good to be true, and it turns out to be a scam or a lie or a mistake in how it was presented, then isn't that thing "not" so good? I think you hear what I am saying. We all deserve the best if we expect that of ourselves. Too good to be true should be changed to too true and so good at certain times. Try it out and see how it works for you. Create a beautiful day or evening. Just decide.

                                                                                                              Chase
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