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Kat’s Wisdom Corner: Returning Borrowed Things

by Kat Morrow

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Returning borrowed things in the same…or better…condition than you received them in.

That sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? It’s common sense to assume this is the case, but I can tell you from experience it doesn’t always work that way. Now, accidents happen, but then you either repair or replace the item or never expect that person to be willing to loan you anything in the future.

Well, maybe, except for your mother! Hah! Even if it was dirty…like a garden rake…clean it before returning it. If you borrowed a car for an errand, put a few dollars of gas in it…fill it a bit more than when you received it!  It will be so appreciated!

And then, upon returning the borrowed item, give just a small token of your appreciation with it, like a written thank you, a small baked good, or a tiny gift. I can tell you that person will rush to your aid when you need to borrow again in the future. You’re creating a good reputation for being a considerate borrower. 

“It’s in giving that we receive,” so be a generous lender. Watch your borrower’s actions to see if they are good stewards in caring for your lent items. If not, tell them of your disappointment so they can learn from their shortcomings and do better the next time. 

What “karma” are you creating? See my October newsletter for the rules of karma and how they affect your life. 

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