‘Changing’ Our View of Health
You’ve heard the old adage, “A penny saved is a penny earned” right? Or, “A nickel for your thoughts.” Or the now highly outdated, “Here’s a quarter; call someone who cares.” Obviously that one is archaic because a) it costs like $.55 to make a phone call from a payphone, and b) do you ever actually SEE payphones anymore? That is beside the point. What I am getting at is that coins are essential, yet oftentimes annoyances, in our life…well, at least they are in mine. Excess change weighs down my wallet, spills in my car, and tumbles around in my wash. And of course, coins are found in all sorts of strange and unclean places, making coins a questionably unhealthy object. But today, I discovered Unexpected Health in–you guessed it–loose change.
This morning, I met my good friend for a quick cup of coffee (don’t even get me started on the health benefits of coffee!). We grabbed our drinks and sat outside to catch up for just a few minutes. All of a sudden, who do we see come barreling down the street in their Barbie-sized mode of transportation: the meter person! We got up and began scurrying to our cars to check our meter, because let’s face it, a nice cup of coffee catch-up with a good friend can easily be ruined by a little white envelope resting in your windshield wiper. Just as we arrived at my car (which had run out of time), a complete stranger saw the meter person giving tickets, and immediately fed my meter. Someone who had no idea whose car it was took some of his spare change and ‘spared’ me a $35 ticket.
Loose change allows us to Unexpectedly create happiness in another’s day…and bringing about happiness is not only healthy…it is contagious.
When you have a little extra change in your pocket, your purse, or your piggy bank, think of all the ways you can “pay it forward” (again, if you have not seen this movie, go see it!): you could pleasantly surprise others by randomly feeding their meters when it is out of time; one more quarter might allow a homeless person to buy that sandwich that was JUST above their budget; and a few more coins might just fund an orphanage in another country or an outreach program on our own soil.
As much as spare change may weigh down your personal belongings, think about how much pain, suffering, and sadness could be LIFTED for another with that same amount of coins. So the next time you feel your spare change weighing you down, find a baggy and keep it: keep it in your car, in your purse, or in your briefcase, and when you see an opportunity to pay it forward, do it. Feed a meter. Buy a lunch. Donate. You just never know the pain you may be sparing by giving away a few extra coins. And to the gentlemen who fed my meter today, thank you. I will do my part and pay it forward to someone else. -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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