Today I went to the bank. I had lots to do while I was out & about, so my plan was to simply make a few initial inquiries and then return to take the next steps when I had more time. As it was, I got amazing customer service and the whole process – actually sorting out what I thought I would just inquire about – was completed within about twenty minutes: no return journey; two unexpected big ticks on my to-do list; a big smile all day thanks to friendly, efficient service & the satisfaction of getting stuff done!
Each of my tasks in the bank also made me happy because they relate to my life, the direction that I’m moving in and what is important to me. It was as easy as 1, 2, 3 to implement them, and here’s the 1, 2, 3 of what they were:
1) Paying in a cheque to cover my recent flight to Budapest. The trip was for a meeting with the other editors on the history journal that I’m involved in. Thinking about the journal and my position made me feel all warm: it was a role that I took on not really knowing where it would lead, but it has turned out to be satisfying, enjoyable and useful. Am looking forward to the next meeting in the spring already.
2) Setting up a new savings account linked to my current account. This made me happy on several levels: it symbolises a simplification of my finances that I’d been wanting to implement for ages and is in anticipation of my new financial situation thanks to the new job. Simply setting up the account has made me want to start squirrelling the pounds away right now. Immediately. If not sooner.
3) Sorting out getting a new credit card. For several years, I’ve had a credit card with a well-known high street store, earning vouchers as I spend. Recently, though, I discovered that my bank (which prides itself on its ‘ethical’ status) does a range of charity credit cards, whereby when you spend, the charity benefits. Perfect, I thought – an easy way to give to a charity that I support anyway. Then I did nothing about it. But today, I seized the moment et voila! Application done, approved, card will arrive in next few days.
Came out of the bank feeling, well, feeling a bit smug to be honest. But I don’t care. I’m just happy to be taking more steps – however seemingly small – in the right direction, the direction that I want to go, towards my own life and not a life that is simply a reaction. And these steps were easy. As easy as 1, 2, 3.