Value of a Penny

ElshaHawk LoA

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Today I was tutoring a young writer in Thinking Small; writing about small details to open up their writing. She then pondered the value of a penny.

When you are one penny short, you cannot buy an item. The penny seems very valuable; an unattainable goal.

"It's not $5, it's 1 cent! People should be willing to give a penny to those that need it," she writes.

I have been thinking a lot about 'paying it forward' and her revelation about the value of a penny struck a chord with me.

I have always saved my pennies up and rolled them into bundles of 50 and put the bundles together to make dollars. I love to save up those little copper heads and tails.

But what if it is time I started sharing them?

This is a small step, a tiny increment of one little red cent, but one that can make a huge difference in me. This could open me up to sharing more, not stopping at one, or two, or three.

In the words of my student who wants us to share, "It's just a penny!"


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It may only be a penny, but it's an enabler. Or the straw that breaks the camel's back. Or the beginning of an investment. Or, indeed, that which causes the run on the bank (although that was a tuppence in Mary Poppins, not a single penny).

Or it could be the thing that crashes to the pavement in front of you as you walk past the Empire State Building, narrowly missing causing you considerable inconvenience (no, it won't kill you. A bowling ball would...)

Inspiring thoughts.

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Robert Quick

Robert Quick

Indeed sometimes the small things matter the most.

  • #497 Posted 4 years ago
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Lovely thought and put into a cute context.

  • #503 Posted 4 years ago
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Thanks for this penny from your thoughts. It means a lot.

  • #1321 Posted 3 years ago
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