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