A random title for a post perhaps, but when looking in my purse for my son’s football subs this morning I found a Euro. Initially I felt a little bit cross, because I thought it was a £1 coin and had overestimated how much I had. Then I felt curious; how did I end up with it? Did the person who gave me it know? How had I not noticed before? At that point I was still a tiny bit grumpy, wondering if I had been ‘conned’ (a bit extreme but if I had been in a really tight financial situation that could have completely scuppered things for me, £1 can go a long way if you use it wisely!)
It wasn’t long, though, until I could see it as a blessing. That coin, which was pretty much useless to me in monetary terms, could have all kinds of potential. For a start, I could have shown it to my 5 year old son and we could have learned about money in different countries, how much it was worth, where it was from and so on. We would probably have ended up getting an atlas out too. (We haven’t done that, as we went to the allotment instead, maybe another day!) Perhaps seeing that coin could spark a passion-for learning about other countries, for collecting coins, for maths!
As well as using it with my children, it could be a learning aid for my teaching role, prompting the same kinds of discussions as I could have with my own son. It could even be used for a maths lesson on money, and for older children the introduction to a lesson on converting € to £ and vice versa. The possibilities are almost endless!
All of these ponderings were had whilst I did the chores and my brain was free to explore. So many ideas born from something that was ‘bad’, unplanned, unexpected. The point of this post, though, isn’t to discuss the merits (or otherwise) of owning a Euro in a country where that is not the currency. It is to make me, and you, thing about how we deal with unexpected life events. I know finding the ‘wrong’ coin is hardly life altering or devastating, but I could easily have ‘had a monk on’ all day or gone home in a huff.
There are a few sayings that spring to mind here. I’m trying to see the positive in every situation life throws at me, as little curveballs seem to keep launching themselves in my direction and I’d be permanently grumpy if I stropped every time I didn’t get my own way!
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Do you know any more sayings? How do you deal with unexpected events? What else can I do with my Euro?