See a penny…

I was walking home from the bus stop last night after going to a friend’s gig (it was awesome by the way and I highly recommend going to see ‘Thirsty Dog’ and ‘Fury and the Ambassadors’ if you’re ever in Edinburgh!) and although it was dark I noticed a penny on the ground. Almost without thinking I went to pick it up. Typical tight Scotsman you might think!

[They do say that copper wire was invented by two Scotsmen fighting over a penny!]

Scottish bears!

Hey Presto! Copper wire!

At that point I did actually say to myself “See a penny, pick it up, and all day long you’ll have good luck!” but then paused to think, “Where has this come from and how can picking up a penny actually bring you luck?”.

For the rest of the short stroll home I thought about where this came from and what it really meant… Having looked it up I saw that it was probably derived from another saying ” See a pin, pick it up…”

I remember seeing my Science teacher’s no nonsense take on this on his board at school: “See a pin, pick it up, and all day long you’ll have a pin”. No such thing as luck, just facts!

My take on it is that the penny represents opportunity and that we can either choose to take it or leave it where it is.

Every day is full of little opportunities and every now and again some big ones if you’re lucky enough. We have to decide if we want to act on them though. Who knows what might happen if we keep taking these little opportunities that life throws at us? One thing could lead to another and we could eventually find ourselves faced with a big one – ‘look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves’. But if we don’t stoop down to pick up that penny or take an opportunity that we are presented with then we cannot expect things to just happen and the status quo will be maintained.

So if you see a penny, pick it up and promise yourself to take the next positive opportunity that comes your way – I’m reminded of the Jim Carey film ‘Yes man’ at this point and while the essence of this movie is to have a go and try things out I don’t recommend saying yes to everything!

The more pennies you pick up the more pennies you will see, and no matter how dark it may be, that penny will always catch your eye.


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