I’m worth more than before I started this walk!

The money jar awaits my next deposit.

Little did I know the other morning, when I set off on my morning walk, that I’d return a wealthier individual.

Usually, I’m content to make my circuit around and through the neighborhoods and come back feeling as though I’d done something good for my heart and body, feeling good and ready to take on the day ahead.

On these walks, I often see all kinds of items lying about on the sidewalks or in the streets: Discarded wrappers, a plastic water bottle,  toys that have been left out and forgotten, etc.

Usually, I’ll pick up the wrappers or bottles and carry them back to my recycling container and toss the toy or ball into the yard.

Well, as I said, one recent walk added to my overall wealth and fortune. Yeah, besides the gathering of the usual misplaced items along the way, I noticed a small item that glimmered in the morning sun. It was a dime waiting to be rescued from its lonely and precarious position in the middle of the street.

Worn and weathered, it’s still worth something!


Eureka! Usually it’s a penny that I’ll spot and on a rare occasion a quarter, but a dime seems quite rare for whatever reason. Finding this one, I immediately wondered how it had ended up in the center of the street. Had it slipped from a pocket? Had someone carelessly dropped it? Did one nonchalantly toss it away, thinking that there wasn’t much worth for one ten-cent piece?  How long had it lain there?

Oh, so many questions to ponder as I ambled homeward. (These are the kinds of things that carom around in my mind on walks such as these.) But I didn’t hesitate in bending over and picking it up and putting it in my pocket to be dropped into the money jar that sits on the shelf next to my desk.

I know folks who don’t bother to pick up these found treasures, opting, instead, to walk on by, thinking that it’s not worth the effort, I guess. True, in the large scope of things, a penny or a dime doesn’t amount to very much.

In my view, however, a penny or dime makes me that much wealthier than before I left the house. And there’s nothing like being worth ten cents more than when I began. I guess it’s time to get going on another walk. Maybe I’ll come back even richer!

Don’t pass me by.

Here’s to a good—and wealthy—week ahead…


11 thoughts on “I’m worth more than before I started this walk!

  1. Mark – your story has made me smile this morning… thank you. I could envision you clearly on your walk, happily stooping to pick up the balls and containers, then the toss. I’m totally with you on picking up the penny’s, nickels, & dimes – even though here in Canada penny’s have been removed from circulation. Your big heart shines through here, and all of us who read this are worth more. Peace & love to you, bro.

    1. Hi, Bruce. Your kind words have made my day! And I’m glad you picked up on the exact tone I was shooting for in this little post. I had a lot of fun with it, to say the least. It’s amazing how one little insignificant incident can turn into a blog post. And I’d really like it if the U.S. would follow Canada’s lead and do away with the penny–although there wouldn’t be so many waiting to be found in all sorts of places! From my “big heart” to you and yours (and Fran’s, too), Peace and love right back atcha!!! 🙂

  2. I wouldn’t pass by a lost dime either. All that change adds up over time!

    One time when I was walking downtown with my son, he found three one-dollar bills tucked inside each other near the berm. Then, on the same walk, he found a $5 bill under the overpass. Eight dollars in one walk, I kid you not! He was a happy, happy little marcher that day. (Though we did spend some time talking about how sad it must be for the people to have lost their money and to recognize that. You know, a teachable empathy moment. 🙂 )

    1. Carie: Maybe you should take your son along whenever you need to be walking–anywhere. I’m sure, at his current age, he’d be thrilled beyond belief to escort you in your quest for “lucky finds!” You also did a pretty cool thing with the “empathy moment” lesson. I wish more parents would instill that in their impressionable children. Without a doubt, you are to be commended. 🙂

      1. Thank you. Although a natural trait for most of us, empathy still needs to be taught and honed. As parents (and grandparents 🙂 ), we need to discuss and role model it with our kids time and time again. Imagine how much better off this world would be if we did?

  3. My parents bought a small cottage along Lake Erie and Dad bought one of those metal detectors. My son and he loved going up and down the beach. Coins, rings and interesting stuff with metal in them but Mom, my girls and I carried buckets collecting glass pieces or “Beach glass.” 🙂

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