This is a good lesson in perspective though. The penny you found, someone else lost. Granted, a penny doesn't go far, so most people don't worry about a lost penny. But the same is true for other instances too. The job you got hired for means someone else did not and so on. Each person's perspective around the same incident is different.
I don't point this out to have you feel bad about the job you got or the penny you find or anything else wonderful that is happening. Everything happens for a reason and I believe ultimately it is in each of our best interest how things turn out.
I point this out because yesterday I had a crappy day. Between feeling embarrassed and frustrated and crying in a parking lot for ten minutes in the morning, weathering more frustrations, and then finding myself crying in frustration as I trudged around picking up dog poop in the afternoon; it was a rough day.
Even though the evening went better, when my calendar alert came up last night at bedtime and said today was National Lucky Penny Day; there was a part of me that said, "where was my lucky penny TODAY?!" But then I had to remind myself, the luck isn't IN the penny. The luck is in the perspective. The penny is just the token to remind us.
I had plenty of pennies yesterday from my daughter napping long enough for me to get some flowers planted to having dinner cooked for me and getting to spend the evening with family. I even got a private concert from my uncle as he sang and played guitar for my daughter. There just happened to be some gum on the sidewalk too and that was the perspective I chose to take on the day.
Today I will try to choose to focus on the pennies. Not only will I try to keep my perspective focused on the positive things; I will drop some pennies for other people too. I don't mean literally...well maybe a couple. I mean I will do positive things for people like hold a door, be kind, help someone out so that when they reflect on their day hopefully they see the pennies more than the gum.
I'm grateful for the reminder last night that it is my choice how I react to my day. I'm grateful to start fresh today. I'm grateful to accept how I chose to see and respond to yesterday without judgement. I'm grateful to know we all have challenges. I'm grateful to have allowed the tears to flow yesterday rather than hold on to it. I'm grateful that even with a less than optimal start this morning I am choosing to look for the pennies because today is going to be a great day!
What pennies can you focus on today? What good things are going on in your life? What kind gestures can you share today to give someone else "pennies" to focus on?
May today remind us to look for the positive. May we spread love and kindness and receive the same in return. Have a beautiful day!