ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Finding pennies - look and believe

Writing about pennies is nothing new for me. I think the little brown coins are charming. When I find one, I pick it up. It's like a gift, reminding me of the good things in life. I've even been so bold as to call them my lucky pennies from heaven.

Writing about pennies is nothing new for me. I think the little brown coins are charming. When I find one, I pick it up. It's like a gift, reminding me of the good things in life. I've even been so bold as to call them my lucky pennies from heaven.

If you read this column regularly, you already know this. You are probably thinking, "When is this woman going to get off her penny kick and move on to something bigger and better, like nickels or quarters?"

Nickels and quarters work for me too.

That's the thing. I believe that just about anything can be perceived as a positive "sign." I have a friend who finds affirmation in clocks. If she looks at a clock and the numbers are in some sort of recognizable order - like 12:34 or 11:11 - she sees it as a positive moment in her day.

Many people see rainbows as a sign with a positive message. Couldn't clouds have a similar implication? Clouds bring rain, rain makes thing grow and growth is the essence of life. Is there anything more uplifting than that? If you are willing to look, positive signs are everywhere.

ADVERTISEMENT

Therein, lies the key.

Someone familiar with my penny fetish might describe me as a person who finds lots of lucky pennies. That would be incorrect. It's not so much that I find pennies. What's really important is that I look for them because I believe they are there.

That seems like a pretty simple and straightforward statement. I go through life looking for pennies. As a result, they appear to lay themselves at my feet. At first glance, this might seem extraordinary, but it's nothing of the sort.

If I weren't looking - if I didn't believe - I'd never find even a single penny. There could be tens or hundreds of them scattered across the ground in front of me, but I'd never see a one if my eyes, or my mind, were closed.

When it comes to lucky pennies - or numbers on the clock, clouds in the sky or whatever whatnot you choose to search for - you've got to keep your eyes open, and believe that you will find what you are looking for.

The best part is that looking for your own versions of pennies requires no special skills other than diligence and awareness. Anyone can choose to find lucky whatnots - if they are willing to look.

A willingness to look can be instrumental in good fortune of all types. You might glance at the want ads and find a lucky job opening. You might join a local group and find a new friend. Perhaps you'll look at a blooming flower and find inspiration to plant a garden of your own.

The only question now is what kind of "pennies" do you want to look for? What do you want to see? Chances are, it might already be there, lying right under your feet. If it isn't, you've got to keep moving forward, looking as you go. Eventually, the item you seek will be in your grasp. When it is, you will see it, bend over, pick it up and know that you've been given a little bit of a gift.

ADVERTISEMENT

When you do, maybe you'll think of me - the whacky woman who writes about pennies. If we run into each other, and you mention your good fortune, I'll be glad.

In fact, I'll probably take it as a sign.

Jill Pertler is a syndicated columnist and award winning freelance writer working with graphic designer Nikki Willgohs to provide writing and design and other marketing services to businesses and individuals. You can check out their Web site at http://marketing-by-design.home.mchsi.com/ or e-mail Jill at pertmn@qwest.net .

What To Read Next