I love spontaneous car camping weekends. But I’m a camper with a money quirk and it irked me to buy firewood at Chevron for $6.95 plus tax.
Last spring I decided, no more gas station firewood for me. I was going to find a different source of wood. Free wood. I spent an hour surfing craigslist and there was free wood out there alright, but it was mainly freshly fallen trees (too wet), cut into rounds (too big) and needed to be picked up (pain in the butt).
"The hell with this, this is too much work," I muttered.
“Ask for what you want” flashed into my head. Yes! Visualize what you want, write it down, the more specific the better, and then ask for it. You might call it setting achievable goals, focusing on what you want, asking the universe or believing in The Secret. Whatever you call it, I have had amazing success in the past with this mantra. While I generally did this with large purchases, would it work with something as trivial as firewood?
“Ok then, seriously, I’ll take a whack of dry firewood, in fact, a whole shopping buggy full, cut into 1/4 rounds, delivered to my door, and free,” I said aloud. I scribbled it out on a scrap of paper and called it a night.
The next day, I returned home in the late afternoon and parked my Honda in my underground parking spot. I jostled my overflowing grocery bags as I walked towards the main entrance door and was involved in a spontaneous foot chase after a fleeing California avocado. When I finally captured the fugitive fruit, I was right beside a blue Wal-Mart shopping buggy and looked up to see a cart full of firewood, cut into ¼ rounds. A ‘FREE WOOD’ sign written in black ink on a sheet of white 8” x 11 ½” paper was stuffed amongst the wood.
I chuckled, “wow, that was fast! ”. I plopped my grocery bags on top of the wood pile and unlocked the door like any other day.
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