What’s This All About?

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So exactly is going on here?

Imagine if the movie “Pay It Forward” and  the “WheresGeorge.com” had a baby…

You would have ifoundmoneytoday.com!

Okay, you got me.  I didn’t actually FIND money today.  I lost money today.  Okay fine, I didn’t lose it, I LEFT it, but because of that I KNOW that somebody somewhere in the world today will be telling a friend, a family member, dog, co-worker and anybody else who will listen that THEY found money today!  It will change their entire day.  Their new mood will affect the people they come into contact with, and I don’t think it’s too lofty of a goal to hope that this single event could kick off a series of events that change their life!

Let’s face it, times are tough.  And let me also note that I am not “rich”.  I’m actually far from it, but I do know what it’s like to be SUPER broke.  I also know what it’s like to feel that the universe is looking out for you, and that is the feeling I’m trying to give to whoever is lucky enough to find my little presents.  As tough as times have been in my short life, they’re tough for everybody else out there as well.  Imagine how good you would feel if you found money today.  You’d be reading these words with a different internal tone.

Money is not everything, but finding it is pretty cool.

This blog is an experiment in giving; unconditional giving.  We are going to be giving while receiving nothing in return; not even a thank you.  Well, not from the person that found the money anyway.  The “thank you” will be coming from a place that I think most people have forgotten exists.  It will be coming from inside, so you’ll be the giver AND the recipient of the gratitude.  People have been in survival mode for so long that  they’ve forgotten what it feels like to have a little extra to spread around.  Somebody found money, but you found something way more valuable; a good mood and maybe even a little bit more self esteem.

You will never know who found the money you left, and there’s always the possibility that the “wrong” person found it, but that’s irrelevant.  We are here to give unconditionally.  Everybody deserves to feel good, especially you.  So don’t give until it hurts.  Give until it feels good!

Send pictures of your own anonymous gifts to ifoundmoneytoday@gmail.com Include a little story about what happened and why you did it and I’ll post it right here!

39 thoughts on “What’s This All About?

  1. Dienna says:

    What an awesome idea this is! I look forward to following this. It truly is paying it forward.

  2. juiceliving says:

    Very sweet! Like to explore in my country:) thanks for the gift!

  3. Dirkster says:

    i need to figure out how to do it in shanghai – such a rad idea! little bits of happiness and surprise :)

    genius!

  4. Lizzie says:

    This is so great. I found your blog through 1000 Awesome Things. What a truly wonderful thing you are doing and are dedicated to.

    I’m just wondering if you’ve had any feedback or thank you notes from people who know about this blog and have found money?

    Cheers and Merry Christmas,

    Liz

    • hey lizzie! i’m so glad you found us here. that’s a great thing neil’s got going there. it really challenges you to appreciate the little things. and i haven’t received any emails yet from people that found the left presents, but i’m sure i will. i think people might be a little scared that i’m going to want it back! haha

      • Lizzie says:

        Haha! Aw – nah, I’m sure they’d love to say thank you. Actually, now that you have those stickers they just might send you something :)

        Cheerio chap!

  5. This is one of the coolest concepts ever. And you put the money in really creative places. Awesome!!!

  6. What a great idea. I found your site through a twitter search on “pay it forward”. Someone fixed my car for free today and said “Merry Christmas”. That made my day so I’m not brainstorming on a way that I can “pay it forward”. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • wow, that’s a big one! watch what happens now though, you’re going to find things like this happening all over the place. when you get a chance, look up a guy named Charley Johnson. You can find him at http://www.pifexperience.org The Pay It Forward Experience. It’s quite remarkable what he is doing. But definitely keep in touch and let me know how your experiment goes! Try and document it if you can :)

  7. SHane says:

    love it. nothing makes you realize how lucky we are for everything we have (like sitting at a computer and being able to comment on a story like this) than putting yourself in other peoples shoes. everyone has ups and downs, together the ups are higher and the downs are manageable. no one person is more or less capable of building a better future for themselves and those we share this planet with. keep up the good work.

    • We’re all in this together, you’re absolutely right about that. I’m not sitting around waiting for $5 to fall into my lap just because I left money somewhere :)

      But I’ll tell you what, I feel pretty rich every time I know that somebody is going to find what was left. Thanks for coming to the blog :) Keep coming back!

  8. Hello ifoundmoneytoday! I am writing to you from the UK & your blog has put a big grin on my face – just for the fact that you are stepping above the normal “survival mode” thing that I do – and so many of us do… Well done, you super unique and individual thinker, you!

    • Hey thanks! Well that is just awesome. Your comment put a big grin on my face. How do you like that!? Survival mode is a tough place to be. Believe me, I’m not rich, but I feel taken care of enough to be able to do the same for others. I’m glad you made it here :) You’re obviously proved you’re a survivor, now you can enjoy living.

  9. Yes Indeed! A very true word written when you say that survival mode is a tough place to be – I now also feel that I am taken care of as you put it, and shall live 2012 accordingly :-)

    I will also pay homage to you (& your courage) as I pay forward the gift of music to others this year…. With the royalties I earn, I shall also be looking for a way to pay it forward.

    Thank you for your generosity of spirit & the “putting your money where your mouth is” action – I sincerely hope that some of the $5 bills get to people who really need it!

  10. This is such a brilliant idea! :D I will try to replicate it :D

  11. revjane says:

    This reminds me of the pay for the person behind you in line activity that is going on. I love this idea. It also goes with Matthew 6:3 where you do not let anyone know what you are giving and the Lord rewards you.I work with the poor and have the opportunity to do this very often in ministry. The Lord does a great job of blessing my heart when I do this. Now that I found you I think I will vote at the Webby People’s Voice. Thank you for taking the time to put this idea on line.

  12. I hate to sound like a skeptic, but this idea has a poor basis to it. I would prefer to give to charities and causes that I know will do something good with the cash, not just satisfy myself by dropping a few bucks on a bench for some rich son-of-a-b***h to pick up. It’s really quite pointless considering there are so many better ways to help people who you know are actually in need.

    • Well I do donate to causes that I believe in and want to align myself with, but this site is not about the “right” person getting the money they need. It’s about giving to the people of the world, unconditionally and without expectation of who is to find the money or what the money is to be used for.

      To be quite honest, this site isn’t even about giving money or having money, it’s about the FEELING you get when you find money. It’s exciting. That’s what I was giving to people, not currency, but emotion and a memory.

  13. Warren Newman says:

    I live in an area that i don’t fit in so if I was to leave money somewhere I would just be making the rich, richer so hopefully in my area one of the many many rich people will leave some money lying around for me

    • I feel your sentiment, but again, it’s not about giving the right person money or making sure the money goes to a good cause. The money is a symbol. The experience is finding it. I don’t care how much money you have, when you are coming down the street and you see that familiar green hue all alone on the ground and you know what it is, you get the feeling that the universe is taking care of you. Everybody could use a little more of that feeling in their lives.

      • This is really true. I was once working in a restaurant the financial district of Chicago, but I was flat broke to the point where I couldn’t make my bills or afford food outside of what I ate in that restaurant. Nearly everyone else working in that area were big wig executives making heaps of money, so I would have thought the same thing about making the rich richer…however one morning when I was walking to work at 5am I saw some money on the ground. I looked around to see if someone had dropped it, but there was no one there. I picked it up and it ended up being $100. Now, that’s not as big a deal to me, but at that point in my life $100 was the difference between making my bills and not making them, eating dinner or not. I was just in the first few weeks of that job, so had been waiting for my first check, so the bills had been piling up and the weight of it had been overwhelming. Finding that money made it so I could breathe again! Never underestimate the value of good karma!

  14. Leigh says:

    I was kicking around the idea recently of mailing a $5 bill to a complete stranger I randomly picked out of the phone book every time I got paid, but I like your idea better! I’m going to start doing this this weekend and will post about it.

  15. Mike Miglio says:

    Hey bud, came across your website through LinkedIn, and I think what you’re doing here is great! Unconditional giving / love is what this world needs more of and its great to see that there’s a new platform expressing this. I’ll be sure to send you a story of my own some time soon…

  16. Moi says:

    Somebody has been listening to Rhonda Byrne ;)
    Great way to practice gratitude! Thank you!

  17. leon says:

    you are a legend, I would like to volunteer FREE of charge to follow you around all day, i could be the camera and take pictures, at least i know i would find money if i was your assistant lol. nice idea keep it up.

  18. Keep spreading the happiness and the creativity, you’re making the world a better place:)

  19. drarossell says:

    Good idea, I´m gonna replicate where I live, Peru. I´m not peruvian, but I live here for some years and I was thinking about how to help some very poor people when they are in the hospital. I thought of setting a website to receive donations and take the money directly to the door of the children´s public hospitals, where the empty pockets are turned inside out looking for the last coin, and the fathers sit to wait for an hour, then return to the child´s room and lie that they had breakfast. It is useless if someone like ONG´s, or corrupt governments steal the money, the good thing would be to give the money in hand to the persons who really need it. Your idea is good in the sense of good feelings that it generates, in both persons, the one who finds and the one who gives. Hey, there is good people in this blog! God bless you all. José

  20. Jen says:

    I have been leaving anonymous ‘love letters’ in random places everywhere I go (see http://www.moreloveletters.com) – and I have been throwing money in sometimes too – especially when I’m leaving the letters in areas that needy people might find the letters. It does feel good to know you can make a stranger’s day better!

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