My phone flashes!
I punch up the email and, lo and behold, it's a massive, whopping $2.08!
Two dollars and eight cents. Two-freaking-dollars and eight-freaking-cents!
So, I wail a bit. And gnash my teeth. And don sack cloth and ashes. And curse the ground I walk on, the air I breathe, the sky above me, all the gods in heaven, and the day I was born. No, scratch that last bit. I rue the day I was born. And I bemoan the cruel fate the will befall every junker several times in their junking life.*
The ebb and flow.
The yin and the yang of reselling. Sometimes you're flush with $100+ days. Sometimes you don't make enough to buy a decent latte.
Customers, they are a capricious and unpredictable lot. Sometimes, they just ain't buying your stuff. And there's nothing you can do about it. For the occasional ebbs, that is.
If you're having a constant, predictable series of non-starters as sales days, then something is wrong. But, if you're getting a couple a month, nestled in amongst other good strong days, then you're probably okay. $2.08 is better that $2.05 or $1.99 or $0.49 or---gulp----nada!
Sometimes a wee dose of perspective helps a lot, huh?
Seriously, I've had waaaaaaaay more than my share of those less than ten dollar days this year, and I fretted them, and--as soon as I could, I did something about them. So far, for October, I've only had two, and they've been balanced out with lots of really good days, large item sales, and lots of activities. I ain't gonna sweat this one.
Except, somewhere deep inside, in that place where I'm down on myself a lot. Where I never quite believe that I know what I'm doing. Where I don't always have the best self image and self confidence.
There, in that place, I'm totally stressed out about this.
But, I'm trying pretty damn hard to ignore that place.
*Hey! I'm a drama queen! We're required to wail, gnash, moan, curse, and rue at least once every six weeks, or we lose our license. I'm in the "once every six days" club. I get an extra star in my crown for that. If I can keep it up for a full year, I get my own drama queen holiday! Let's just say I'm doing pretty well on that one!