The world is an ever-changing organism. We often don’t see the world in its entirety as a living thing, but it really is. I often get a laugh out of people who say “some things never change…” Despite this perspective, everything can and in fact, does change.
I was out running errands this afternoon. As I exited one of the businesses, I saw a man walking towards his car. I saw him look down at the ground and squint a little before shrugging his shoulders and carrying on.
As I walked passed the spot where the man looked down, I saw a dime on the ground. That’s it. A dime. I knelt down and picked up the dime and added it to my pocket change. Money is money, right? But it made me wonder why someone would simply shrug off money, despite its denomination. Was it not worth the man’s time? Was it “too small” an amount?
It got me to thinking about the value of money and how things have evolved since my childhood. As a child, I remember my father always checking the change slot in pay phones for returned coins that people may have overlooked. He always said that even a penny counts fro something, especially once you accumulate enough of them.
We live in a society that is centred on the accumulation of wealth and possessions. But truly, it’s amazing how little one can live with and still be happy. Some people believe that less belongings means less problems. Less attachment means less anxiety and stress. Maybe it’s true. Who am I to say?
But I think it speaks volumes that we have evolved to the state where we ignore money on the ground, simply because it’s so small an amount. Sure, I’ve become like a lot of adults who compare their youths to current standards. When I was a teenager, I could grab the latest Superman coming book, along with a bag of chips and a diet soda for less than five dollars. Depending on where I would shop, I’d be lucky to get JUST the coming book for that same amount today.
The lesson here is that you should value what you have, as the increasing cost of life makes EVERYTHING more valuable. Although one shouldn’t centre one’s life on the acquisition of belongings, recognizing the importance of what you have outweighs the cost of said item. ☯