To briefly recap: I made a bunch of guitar pick earrings that I sold at a local music store. They were stored in a careless way, and a few pairs of earrings ended up broken or lost. To add insult to injury, one of the owners was quite rude to me.
My BF, Sonya, advised me to write a letter requesting reimbursement. Before we hung up, she repeated a few times: “Make sure it contains no emotion!” (She knows me so well!) I believe that the lack of emotional language in my letter was the key to my getting reimbursed. I simply stated what happened and requested the amount I would like to receive. I also reminded them of what a good customer I have been over the years, since I purchased all of the guitar picks for the earrings from their store. I also had receipts for all of the earrings delivered, which was a Godsend.
This experience has taught me so much, on so many levels...
I have always been one who stands up for others who have been wronged, but rarely have I done so for myself. I don't know why that is. I've second guessed myself and the value of my offerings. I've ignored my feelings of hurt and anger, telling myself that I am just too sensitive for my own good. I've allowed people to treat me like a doormat to the point where I came to expect it. Even when I wrote the letter standing up for myself, I assumed the news back would be bad. I was praying for a victory, but I wasn't really trusting God. Regardless, He came through for me, as He always does. I guess He knew that I really needed a win at this time in my life. (More on that later) But for now, I am adding this good outcome to my daily miracles list with an asterisk next to it, because it's quite a triumph for me! Miracles abound in my life, and I am grateful!