There is the old saying, “A penny for your thoughts”. But of course, a penny is no long worth much of anything these days, and so years ago I transposed the saying to:
“A thought for your penny” ~ I use the saying this way: each time I find a penny lying on the ground, I look at the year the penny was minted and recall how old I was that year, where I was living, and what was important to me at the time. Applying it this way, it calls to mind a time or an event in one’s life that one wouldn’t otherwise have had the occasion to recollect. Some times nothing of note stands out, but most times it’s like getting a free bit of nostalgia ~ a cherished memory or significant event or life lesson comes forward to be relived. In any case, it’s always a fun game to play and makes bending down to pick up the penny worth the effort!
Why am I writing about this now? Minutes ago a friend called asking for help; she needed to come up with an idea for a workshop to teach next month. As we were talking something caught my eye on the sidewalk. Looking down, the sun was shining upon this penny:
So without explaining why, I changed the subject and asked her where she was in 1979 and what was important to her then. She shared a few things and, building upon that, within a few moments I had sketched out a theme and an outline for a workshop that she was thrilled with and that was in alignment with her own current process.
I then explained my “thought for your penny” concept, why I asked about 1979, and how that led to the workshop idea. We both thought the chain of events was pretty cool.
I invite you to try this quaint little exercise and see what memories your pennies bring you.
p.s. ~ this also works for nickels, dimes, and quarters, but one should ponder if the increased value of the coin suggests an increased significance of the message one receives. : )