Sunday, November 10, 2013
Now I know you're thinking really, $1.53 and you're excited about that. Well it's not about the $1.53 it's more about how the amount came about.
I have always had a habit of picking up "loose change". Anytime I see a penny (or any other coin) on the ground I will always pick it up. There's a good chance I will have neck problems some day because whenever I am outdoors running or walking I am always looking down and scanning the ground. So on July 1, 1999 I decided to collect all the money that I picked up and keep it separate. I was curious to see how much money I could find just laying around on the ground in a year's time. From July 1, 1999 - June 30, 2000 I picked up $55.17 worth of change that had been discarded by other people. Change that was not valuable to other people became important to me. Since that time I have played this little game every year. By 2011 I had finally collected enough found money to open up a savings account (Christmas Club). I have keep my yearly findings separate and then on the 1st of July I deposit it in my ongoing savings account. The grand total of money that I have found just laying around is now up to $341. 80 (over a 14 year period) including the interest of $1.53 that I received this year. Think about it for a second, sure it's only $1.53, but I am drawing interest on "loose change" that I have found laying around. This total consists of $29.96 that was found last year, it includes $30.41 that was picked up during 2007-2008, it includes an even $29 that was found during 2006-2007 and it also includes the lowest total ever found which was only $7.25 during the 2001-2002 "fiscal" year (and yes the term fiscal is said with a chuckle).
While finding "loose change" has become a game with me there is also a hidden message too. The idea that I have found value in the little things that aren't important to others. A penny here or a penny there to some people is meaningless. But how many people wouldn't want to be handed $341.80.
Tomorrow night we tip-off another basketball season here at Arkansas State. I have used this analogy with teams in the past but the equivalent of "loose change" in basketball is diving for a loose ball, taking a charge, boxing out even if it allows a teammate to collect a rebound, deflecting a pass, sacrificing your body to save a ball inbounds . . . in other words those hustle plays that other players don't find value in. These are the plays that don't require talent they just require desire . . . and they also required the belief that there is value in these plays that won't show up on a stat sheet. Players that find value in these plays are special and teams that find value in these plays will be successful. Hopefully the 2013-2024 Red Wolves will be a team that finds value in picking up "loose change".
Posted by Coach 'B at 7:46 PM