Have you ever experienced something that at first seemed terrible, but actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise?
For me, a couple of years ago, I was renting a room in a house and had almost all my stuff in one of those U-store-it places. I went to get something one day and discovered that someone had cut the lock off and had stolen most of my worldly possessions, including furniture, appliances, stereo equipment, golf clubs, etc… Needless to say, I was devastated.
However, this actually turned out to be one of the best things that could have happened.
(1) They didn’t take my personal momentos, movies, or books (of which many are first editions).
(2) It turned out that in a couple of months I was going to have to move cross-country for a job. No worrying about hiring/renting a big truck and towing my vehicle; everything now fit into a trailer.
(3) I got a fat insurance check for over $14,000, which allowed me to pay off two of my credit cards, pay for my move, and get better items for replacement and not have to worry about the stuff I didn’t really want any more. If I had tried to have a moving sale, or sell through the classifieds or a pawn shop, I would have gotten a couple grand, tops.