About Pennies and People

No More SecretsSee a penny? Pick it up.
All day long you’ll have good luck.

Remember that little jingle? I still pick up pennies. I go walking every day and most days I gather a few pennies. Some pennies are bright and shiny, others are dull and dark, and some pennies really look hammered. My friend, Claudia, taught me to look at pennies in a different way.

You see, no matter what the penny looks like it is worth exactly one cent. No more or less. Each penny has the same value whether it looks pretty or not. Even a penny which is hammered and scarred has worth. I can spend an old beat-up penny just as easily as I can spend a bright shiny one.

People are a little like pennies. Some are pretty and bright. Others are less attractive. Life hammers at each of us in time. Some of us have been gently hammered and some have been through a lot. No matter what we have experienced, our worth is still in tact.

Children of abuse have been hit hard. Life has dealt them some ugly blows and they may have difficulty finding their way. Abused children may carry some ugly scars, sometimes visible. Often those scars are hidden inside tender hearts. Abused children may find it difficult to love, to achieve, or even to fit in. Still, no matter how life has battered and bruised them, their worth is huge. Their value is unmeasureable.

We don’t always appreciate our own value. Children who have been abused may have even more difficulty understanding their worth. Healing is not always easy, but it is possible. We can make a difference. We can stand up for children. We can reach out to those in pain. We can recognize the value of every individual regardless of the scars they wear.

You can make a difference by walking with us at the No More Secrets Walk on April 17 at Sugar House Park. Register today at www.ahealingplacemonument.com . This is a family friendly walk with free food, entertainment, and drawings to follow. The walk begins at 11:00 a.m., with check-in and registration at 10:30. The fun lasts until 3:00. Register before April 2, and get a free t-shirt.

The cost to make a difference? Only $5.00. In other words, 500 beat-up pennies.

Linda Garner

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