A way to think positive and boost confidence
The Karma Coin game is something I’ve been playing on my own for as long as I can remember. As you know, coins that you find on the ground (any money really) is yours for the taken just as long as no one is around to claim it. There is a saying that I used to hear which stated, “see a penny, pick it up, and all day long, you’ll have good luck.” I decided to make a game of it and take it to the next level. If a penny would give you good luck then what would a nickel, dime, or even a quarter bring you. Each coin gets a value equal to its monetary value but as a karma point. A penny would be one karma point, a nickel would equal five karma points, a dime would be ten karma points and so on. I’ve never found a silver dollar but boy would that be something.
What is a karma point you ask? A karma point is a form of good or bad fortune. You would accumulate karma points over time and then you could cash them in when you needed it. However, the only way you get good karma points is if the coin is heads-up! If it’s heads-down (tails) then you need to flip it over without picking it up. If you pick up the tails side then you get the negative value of the coin which are bad karma points. You’re able to pick up the coin later if it’s still there but only after time has passed and based on its value. A penny if it’s still there would be about an hour but a quarter would be a whole day. This will sound crazy but I’ve sometimes returned to a location later in the day hoping that I would cash in on good karma points. However, if someone else picked it up then I helped them gain points which isn’t a bad thing. I’ve essentially giving them good fortune.
So, what do you do with good karma points? I believe that you automatically receive some good fortune but you could also use it if you were trying for something. Let’s say you wanted to walk into your boss’s office and ask for a raise, I would say to myself “I hope I have enough karma points to cash in for this endeavor.” If the boss declines then I realized I didn’t have enough points, even though I’m sure there was another reason. I don’t keep track of the points and I don’t know how much I would need to cash in to get something. The whole point of the game is to think positively and provide a little boost to my confidence when trying to achieve something. I realize it’s all in my head but it's still a fun game to play.
Brian Lundgren is a marketing professional, musician, and family man living in the Southeast region of Massachusetts.