“See a penny pick it up and all the day you’ll have good luck.”
Remember when we were kids how excited we’d be when we found a shiny penny on the sidewalk? It was like a stroke a fortune coming down and shining it’s beam of prosperity on us. We sang our little song and pocketed the penny with thoughts of a sweet candy it could be exchanged for. Yeah, back when I was a kid we actually had a thing called penny candy. There were some sweets priced at 2 or 3 for a penny; puffy sugar coated strawberries, MoJo’s and Tootsie Rolls. Back then you could buy a soda for 10 cents and got a penny back for the bottle. We’d search the ditches for empties which we’d return to our local grocer to convert to a paper sack of candy.
The word “candy,” comes from the Arabic word, “qandi,” which means “made from sugar,” according to John F. Mariani, in “The American Encyclopedia of Food and Drink.”
I was recently in the middle east and it doesn’t surprise me that candy originated in that region. The UAE has the highest per capita incidence of obesity and diabetes. A sedentary lifestyle and diet of honey and nuts being huge contributors to the trend.
Since turning 50 I’ve had to cut down considerably on my sugar consumption. I still crave a good chewy fruity gummy but have limited discipline when it comes to eating a few from the bag and saving the rest… I will scarf down an entire package and wake up the next morning wondering why my jaw is stiff (from all the chewing) and my tummy bloated.
A few years ago a good friend introduced me to a technique for positively manifesting wealth. He told me that any time I saw a coin, no matter what the denomination, (For a while I had stopped picking up pennies thinking they weren’t worth the effort of bending over) I should pick up the coin, hold it over my head, and exclaim confidently “Abundance is Mine!”
The point being that each time you do this, you are validating a present and future state of being abundant. When people see me doing this they likely think I’m slightly nuts. What’s so abundant about a penny? It’s not so much about the financial representation as the idea of complete abundance. Health, wealth, family and friends can all contribute to an abundant existence.
And, just as each journey starts with a single step, great wealth starts with a single penny. Remember how shops used to frame the first dollar they made? It’s not about the amount so much as the pride in our accomplishments.
Abundance is a powerful word.
/əˈbʌndəns/ [uh-buhn-duhns] –noun
1. an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply: an abundance of grain.
2. overflowing fullness: abundance of the heart.
3. affluence; wealth: the enjoyment of abundance.
4. Physics, Chemistry. the number of atoms of one isotope of an element divided by the total number of atoms in a mixture of the isotopes.
Abundance beats sufficient or adequate any day! If given the choice to live a comfortable life or an abundant life the decision is simple. Abundance is mine.