Find a penny, pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck.
A penny is worth more as luck than as money. Even if you’re not superstitious, just being aware of the potential for luck makes finding a penny a bit of an adventure. First you see the penny. Then you think, Hey, a lucky penny. Then you think, I’m not superstitious. There’s no such thing as a lucky penny. You don’t pick up the penny to prove that you don’t believe in luck. Then you get hit by a bus.
Maybe you’re walking with somebody special and you don’t want to appear so cheap as to stoop to pick up a penny, even a lucky penny. You are willing to forgo that good luck in order not to appear cheap. In that case, again, you leave the penny. Or else, you could pick up the penny and give it to that special someone. Offer them good luck. That is creating harmony. That is inviting luck into your life.
Maybe you’re just too busy. Maybe you see the penny, but you are in a hurry to get somewhere and getting somewhere is more important than picking up a penny, lucky or not. No matter how you respond, seeing a stray penny triggers a reaction. Just being aware of that reaction is priceless.
In Zen, action is important. See a penny, pick it up. See, do. Awareness, action. Do or do not, that doesn’t matter as much. If you see the penny and don’t pick it up because you want to leave the good luck for the next person who finds it, that is also creating harmony. If you see the penny and think it is worthless, you should pick it up, because then it is litter.
Here’s a penny. Get lucky.