Piggy banks, car doors, pockets, purses and sofa cushions.  Change can be found basically anywhere.

My husband has an eye for stray coins, and he always picks them up.

I never understood it. It’s just a penny…one cent!  Who knows where that thing has been!

When walking out of a restaurant last night, I spotted a lone penny on the floor.  As quickly as I was walking past it, just leaving it there for the next person to see or to be swept up with the crumbs, I heard my husband’s voice in my head, “pick it up!”

So I did.

I held it tightly in my hand, got in the car and drove home, thinking.

Recently, for various reasons, I have been thinking a lot about change.  Not necessarily from a monetary standpoint but actually thinking about what “change” represents from a metaphorically perspective.

Often times we hold on to the spare change we have…

…Sometimes we ignore it… it sits on our dresser, day after day; sometimes, we even forget about it. 

But what if those little stray coins, with seemingly little value on their own, represented something bigger, something we couldn’t or shouldn’t ignore?

What if we viewed every lost coin as an opportunity or reminder to be thankful, to make a choice or to make a change?

I know what you are thinking.

Hold up.

Stop right there!

Don’t go any further.

Yes, lost change is everywhere…which is totally my point.

Just stay with me.

Life is about choices, isn’t it?  We have to choose every day to get out of bed, brush our teeth, go to work, take care of our kids etc.

We choose to go to church.

We choose to laugh, love and smile.

We choose to pray.

We choose to say, “yes” and sometimes we choose to say, “no.”

Some choices are easy.  Some are not.

What if, every time we find change, we don’t ignore it?

What if we view those abandoned coins as an opportunity for change?

Reflecting on current life situations, recent events or things that need to be done but have been put on the back burner, is certainly not a task for the faint of heart. But neither is change.

Change can be little or it can be big.  It can take guts or just a little motivation…

Applying for a new job.

Making amends with someone.

Walking away from someone.

Reading a book.

Asking for help.

Going on a date.

Playing with your kids.

Decreasing time on social media.

Having a better attitude.


Going to church.

Saying, “I love you.”

Moving on.

Choosing to pray.

Choosing to be silent and still.

Looking back, it’s kind of silly.  Why wouldn’t I pick up a penny, nickel, dime or…if luck would have it, a quarter?

Life isn’t squeaky clean and money is dirty… but money is always worth something.

The choices and the changes that we make are always worth something.

We may not gain monetary richness, but richness in life is worth more than money can buy…

…and, at the end of the day, or at the end of the week, or at the end of the year, if you choose, you could hold on to that change and keep it a little while longer as a representation of good choices and changes you made.

Or, you could use it to buy a coffee for a friend that you haven’t talked to in a while. 🙂


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