Dear Willpower… And, Ohh Temptation!

I saw an entire booklet of Sodexo coupons lying under my seat this morning on the bus. Entire. Unused. Booklet.
Of late, I have been noticing that my own Sodexo coupons seem to magically vanish. I do not recollect eating huge amounts of food (no, I really don’t!) and yet, I am out of coupons by the middle of the month. Seeing the booklet, just innocently sitting there waiting to be picked up made me feel I shouldn’t disappoint it by not picking it up. So I did. The bus was empty at the time. So there was a) no one it could belong to, b) no one who would see me pick it up. I could just slowly slip it into my bag. I’ll be richer by about 1000 bucks. I momentarily dreamt about ordering pizza everyday, till my new booklet is just an empty front and back cover. I could give little treats to my colleagues.
Temptation is a sweet, sweet devil. No one would know.
Except me.
And in that thought of “Except me” I gave up on all the delicious (yum!) dreams that Lady Temptation allowed me. I kept the booklet in my hand. Up for all to see. While I was about to get down, I handed the booklet to the bus driver. He looked very confused. Forgot to even beam up at me (of course, I was expecting a big grin!) But he took it eventually. I alighted.
I heard a couple of people sniggering behind me (I had earphones plugged in, but I had turned off the music). They said (to each other) I was a fool to not keep the booklet for myself. Yeah, perhaps in their eyes I was a fool. And yeah, I have often considered myself to be underpaid 😛 But I have not yet reached a “Beg, Borrow, Steal” stage. When/If I do, I sure hope there are some booklets lying around 😉 😉 😉
Other instances where I have surprisingly found money (abandoned or otherwise):

  1. While walking on Pune’s MG Road one evening, a couple of years ago, I found 200 bucks on the road. I gave in to temptation that day. I got a royal scolding from my mother, who is strictly against picking up fallen money off the streets. 
  2.  I wore an old pair of jeans to office on a Friday. Suddenly found Rs. 5 in one of the pockets! It looked crumpled like crazy, probably cos I had washed the jeans with the money still in the pockets. But it was still good money. That was the only time I felt 5 bucks could make me feel like a lottery-winner!

6 thoughts on “Dear Willpower… And, Ohh Temptation!

  1. Rathish September 19, 2013 / 7:01 PM

    whats ur thought abt ppl who steal?


  2. Sreesha Divakaran September 19, 2013 / 8:13 PM

    I don't generalize any group of people as “people who steal”. They are categorically divided in my thought process. For each category, I have different thoughts. I don't justify any of them. But I do not blindly judge either.


  3. arpitha September 20, 2013 / 5:05 AM

    Temptation is a sweet sweet devil. I agree. I have many instances where I have found money and once even a cell phone(a nokia basic set) but I have never taken it *proud*. And finding money in old clothes is like winning lottery. I agree. Sometimes I try to keep money and forget about it, but that never works..
    Nice post 🙂


  4. Sreesha Divakaran September 20, 2013 / 7:28 AM

    Worthy of pride, indeed!
    Yeah I have tried to “forget money” too… but such things can never be “planned”.


  5. allresourceupdates September 20, 2013 / 11:38 AM

    Now that is a Great Willpower you have,You defeated temptation..Bravo Shree..


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