With my head bent down, deep in thought, while out walking recently, I saw a dime just inches ahead of me on the ground. I’m not too proud about stooping down and picking up a penny so the dime was soon in my grasp. It’s not a fortune, to be sure. We can’t even buy a first-class postage stamp with it as we could years ago.
Growing up, we used to chant the following little ditty: See a penny and pick it up and all day long you’ll have good luck.
I can’t say I had good luck, but I didn’t have bad luck either so I keep stooping to pick up any and all coins. I did not fall or have anything ill befall me so maybe the little ditty came true.
We once lived 12 blocks from a news agency. So, we cancelled our newspaper subscription and walked each morning to buy one, thinking a daily walk was good for us. It gives one more motivation if there is a destination or purpose to walk.
When we reached the parking lot, I often spotted some small change on the ground. My husband would tease me for stooping to retrieve something as small as a penny, nickel or dime.
Once when I had collected a dollar in small change, I bought a Lottery ticket with it. I’d like to say I became an instant millionaire, but alas, this is not a fairy tale.
Back to the dime, I would have not seen it if I had I been looking ahead. It made me think how often we think of the future and miss something directly in front of us. We all may be guilty of looking too far ahead instead of enjoying a pleasant event immediately coming up.
I’m not saying we should not keep our eye on the distant horizon. I believe you get my point. We also should not fret too much about the present, as in the following poem:
Why do we greet the fleeting day?
With so much pain and sorrow?
It’s in its nature not to stay
For today is always gone tomorrow.
Plan for tomorrow but live for today.
It’s always a good plan to think of the future because, after all, that is where we will spend the rest of our lives.