“A penny for your thoughts.” The definition in the Urban Dictionary reads: a phrase that means: What are you thinking?
Would a penny for your thoughts buy something of value?
I find myself lost in thoughts I wouldn’t want to share no matter how much money someone offered me. It’s that ugly place.
The one you never dare admit you visit.
You sit there alone. Because you don’t dare invite anyone into this momentary reality. Judgment would be too much to bear.
And you believe no one else sits in this corner. Facing the corner. Feeling the shame and embarrassment of not being able to overcome.
The lie you tell yourself takes its toll. The burden of believing you are the only one. All the faces you pass belong to happy people who never sit in corners.
If I were to offer you a penny for your thoughts, would you spill out some truth to encourage me? Would you be willing to sit in a corner? Pouring over a time when you too visited an ugly place?
Could we find others who were willing to toss in a penny, toss out a truth? Leave the lies behind. Let the pile of change be the change we are longing for.
It’s hard and it’s messy and who knows what may happen in this reckless abandon of self-protection. Would we? Could we risk spending one penny?
Before you answer, take a closer look at that penny. Just above the head of Mr. Lincoln you will find a little phrase.
“In God We Trust”
The God we trust draws us together. The God we trust makes us fellow travelers. The God we trust guarantees grace. The God we trust extinguishes fear. The God we trust longs for you and I to link arms and stand together so that we will not be overwhelmed.
I’m digging in my purse for some change. Can you find some too?