“I collect lucky pennies that I find on the ground. I keep them in a Ziploc bag.” –Jessica Simpson
Unlike Jessica, I put them in my pocket.
Call it silly and not worth even bending over for, but a penny on the ground for me (much less a dime, quarter, or even $100 bill I once found) is a little piece of reassurance that good things are coming, the Universe is on my side, and anything else I’ve made up about it.
Yep, I made all those meanings up…and yet they empower me.
Yesterday, I was at a popular food venue with lots of folks in several lines putting in their orders. I watched as multiple people walked over a nickel and 7 pennies right under their feet.
It was if they were too proud to bend over to get this “small change”?
Heck, though I didn’t run around dodging legs to scarf them up, I did gracefully stop to pick up each of them that came under my path.
The monetary value didn’t mean much…but the emotional value did.
One of my favorite authors, Stuart Wilde, talks about how he held up London traffic one time following a rolling penny down the street because of his beliefs around leaving no fallen penny uncollected.
The point: where in our day can we allow little things to mean a lot and inspire us?
Is it when we look at the clock and it has the same double or triple digits? What could we make that mean?
When we achieve progress on a project, can we celebrate mini-wins on the way to the big win?
If someone compliments our work, rather than just quickly brushing it off, can we take a moment, look them in the eye, breathe, and say “Thanks. I appreciate hearing that.”
Looking for our own “pennies”, not walking over them, and enjoying whatever they mean for us can make a day a bit brighter.
“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” –Mother Teresa
DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for BeyondB-School.com and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.