Paying bills is fun!

July 6, 2012 § 6 Comments

The quarterly municipal water and sewer bill arrived this week.  While not my favorite kind of mail to receive, I do love working utilities, so I sat right down and paid it.

Since the bill arrives in postcard form, I had to supply an envelope for mailing the check.  When I went to raid my stash of random plain envelopes (thrifted for pennies in anticipation of just this sort of postal moment), the first envelopes I saw in my stationary drawer were the ones I recently made from an old calendar.

And I thought, Why not?  Maybe it will make the Utilities Commission’s mail opener smile.

It did cross my mind that this was an unusual idea and might be considered odd, but when I saw that I had an envelope made from an aerial shot of my town, I took it as a sign that it was a good unusual idea.

I went all out and tucked a note in my fancy bill-paying envelope:

Thank you for all you do to keep this town running.

Saying “thank you” makes the world a better place.  Truly.

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§ 6 Responses to Paying bills is fun!

  • Barbara Winter says:

    Love this post. I have created bill paying rituals and use the activity to focus on gratitude for my abundance, but this is even better.

    • Annie says:

      Thank you, Barbara! What an excellent idea to use bill paying as a time to consciously appreciate what you have. If everyone took that approach, I bet we would be a more cheerful, less worried bunch of people.

  • Angela says:

    What an inspiring thought. All I tend to focus on is making sure there’s enough money in the account to cover and relief when there is :-)

    • Annie says:

      There’s nothing wrong with careful bookkeeping and being happy when the numbers work out in your favor! :) You can always add a third step to the process where you revel in having enough (even if it’s just enough) to keep your life running smoothly.

  • Love your posting ~ beautiful and so inspiring ~ much gratitude for sharing

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