Something shiny caught my eye and I looked down...

It seems I am metaphorically reflective today and apologize in advance; an aspect of being Canadian I suppose, although I'm not sure which. 

The other day, after finishing a slightly above average workout, I was in the change room when something shiny caught my eye and I looked down. On the floor was a shiny American penny; Lincoln side up. It took me a moment to recognize it for what it was and then I smiled a big smile (almost laughed outloud). It was such a pleasant surprise!

Why my reaction?

First of all the penny was discontinued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2013 so in Canada it is a rare thing indeed.

Finding an American penny in the change room of a fitness club in Toronto can be assumed to be a really rare occurrence. 

As historical figures go, I think Lincoln was a great man and accomplished great things.

Finally, I was reminded of my American friends and colleagues who I have known over the years. I have been blessed with their friendship, and have grown personally and professionally because of it. 

How could someone not reflect on this metaphorically? For me, this penny was a wonderful metaphor for opportunity.

  • Opportunities tend to be found in unexpected places,
  • Opportunities like to show up when you least expect them.
  • Opportunities need to be recognized for what they are.
  • Opportunities will take you places.
  • And with an opportunity, you will meet wonderful people, learn wonderful things, and be forever changed.

All you have to do is pick it up.

And that is what I did... a very dear friend of mine taught me that.