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Amazingkae in United States is doing 42 things including…

leave heads-up pennies for the finding

6 cheers


Amazingkae has written 2 entries about this goal

Taking the weekend off and teaching the kids how to spread good will.

This weekend, I’m relaxing and traveling. Vacations are the best and I feel so fortunate to be where I am and to have this time created for me. It’s one o’clock and we are all just waking up and finishing breakfast. Kids are showering and getting ready, we’ve had ironing and dressing lessons with the step-kiddies, have tidied up the house and are getting ready to go out across the state today adventuring. Essentially, it has been another completely delightful Sunday morning.

Today, however, our goal is to head out and explore our world. We are on a mission, one of the most important sort. Goal one is to find a raw bar somewhere along the waterfront where we can grab some crab, shrimp, and oysters. Goal two is to find a seafood market somewhere shore side and to bring home something fresh caught to grill for a late dinner. Goal three is to leave heads up pennies for the finding wherever we stop or go exploring and to consciously bless each one with wishes of good will and fortune. If these three task are achieved, then tomorrow we’ll be heading off somewhere early to explore a museum. If not, then we’ll be back to tour another area of waterfront communities until we find our treasures. As such, the pace of life is to be accomplishing exactly what we’re most enjoying.

Days like today do take a little team efforts and planning. My partner and our youngest are getting the car and cooler ready for travel. My oldest boy is at the store getting $2.50 worth of rolled pennies so we each can have our charmed fifty cents in our pockets ready and waiting, and bags of ice so the cooler is chilled if we find our dinner someplace early. My daughter is going to be making sure we have our picnic travel items ready (mainly the tenderloin biscuits my honey put together this morning and the fresh fruit assortment the kids prepared that would be ready to take to picnic vistas wherever we end up going). Having everyone here and enjoying each other is helping to teach our kids how to create a happy, healthy, and community conscious family.

Kids need to learn how to treat others, to help one another, to appreciate what they have, and to be a part of their own conscious lifestyle choosing. By teaching them to take that extra moment to leave coins in a ceremonial act as a token of goodwill, they share not only their good act but years of cultural tradition with strangers. Transcending time, space, distance, and conscious knowledge, they get to be a part of something bigger than themselves: the American cultural identity. As good parents, taking the time to create or pass positive traditions on to our kids is what we ought to be doing. As people, it simply feels good to be a part of something happy that involves active doing.

Most people today seem so self absorbed. We are absorbed in participating in the process of civility. Add a little sunshine, balmy breezes, cloud watching, and starlight from the heavens, plus some great walks and time together with the family—and the reward of seeking bounty from the sea while spreading happiness and our whole day will (hopefully) be both charmed and charming. Cheers to being nice and doing the right things perpetually, everybody…

May all your pennies forever remain heads up on the finding.

I did this today... leaving heads up pennies for the finding.

I was on my way out of a store today and accidentally dropped some change. Knowing there are no accidents in the universe, I was really glad when a young guy ran over to help me pick some of it up. I had already gotten most of the coins, but the one he did pick up for me he got a big smile on his face. He said, “It’s a penny… heads up!” I laughed and told him, “It’s all yours. Thank you for helping. Merry Christmas… you won some good luck!” He was so excited and as I left he was telling all his co-workers he was rich AND lucky. It felt really nice to make him and all the others around us smile and laugh tonight. When I went to the car, I found a penny… thought about my goal here… re-opened my car door after the engine was started, and very carefully placed another penny on the ground outside my door in the parking lot. Before I closed the door again, I gave the penny a prayer and a little incantation wish. I said outloud with no one around, “May the person who finds this penny be blessed with an abundance of good luck” To myself I added, “If they are good people, may it good luck always abound… and if not, may they remember me when they see it and it serve as a reminder that all karma comes around.” With that phrase and codicil of justice, I set my prayer aloft, shut the door, and am looking forward to placing a penny (heads up for the finding) in many more places, on sidewalks, and in parking lots. That way everyone who has the good fortune to read this post will know the next time they spot that random penny around, maybe it was me who put it there, laughing and smiling at the thought of my helping Fortuna, the maiden of luck. I’m not going to call this one done yet, though… I have YEARS more work to do before I think I can call this one done.

Amazingkae has gotten 6 cheers on this goal.


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