That is a bit rude!

This morning shortly after I got to work, the local bank called.

"Emily, this is Luke at the bank. Do you have a moment?"

"Sure," I said, very curious about the reason for the call.

"There are some suspicious charges on your account. It appears your credit card/debit card has been compromised. Could you come in this morning?"

"Yes, I'll be right over."

So I went right over.

The teller said, "I'm so sorry that this has happened. I'll walk you through all the steps that need to be taken. Please let me know how I can be helpful every step of the way."

"Sounds good," I said.

Amazingly, my blood pressure hardly even went up! We went through the fraudulent charges, filled out some paperwork, and ordered my new card. And even now, as I sit at this computer sorting out all my bills and figuring out what companies I need to contact about my automatic bill pay account changes - I'm still feeling pretty calm. I think it's the nightly meditation and all the "Zen-centered" self-help books! My friend is letting me borrow a great book: "Wherever you Go, There You Are." I started it last night. A big part of the prologue was about being present in the very moment you are in. Not worrying. Not thinking into the future or the past. It really helped me this morning when I was tempted to worry and feel mad.

A special note to my identity thief: I will admit, I am disappointed. That was rude of you. Why would you do such a thing? But, I forgive you. You obviously have some deeper issues going on, and I hope you'll get those figured out. And also, according to the charges on my account, you ate at McDonalds and KFC within 5 minutes - and you ordered quite a lot. Are you with a posse? If so, all of you should really read my blog posts on green smoothies. They look strange, but they are delicious. Maybe if you ate a little healthier, it would help your overall self-esteem and energy level. And then maybe you'd be less tempted to create fake credit cards and use them all over Chicago. Deal? Okay - but really - stop stealing.

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