How Many Pennies Do You Have Left?

In the fall of 2012, we chartered our first sailboat from St. Petersburg, Florida down to Key West. It was one of the most memorable and beautiful trips Troy & I have taken together. We had the honor of being the first overnight charter guests on a brand-new 53-foot Jeanneau sailboat named “14 Pennies”.

We were able to meet the boat’s owners, John & Janie, in Key West and spend some talking with them. They were so excited to be able to share their boat and the experiences that came with chartering a boat in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

In the midst of the conversation with them that evening, I asked how they chose the name “14 Pennies”. Here is their story.

“A dear friend shared the following scenario with us and it has changed our way of thinking:

Imagine a pile of 100 pennies on a table. Now, take 30 of those pennies and set them aside, assuming you will be blessed with 70 years of great physical and mental health.

How old are you? Remove that number of pennies from the pile.

How many remain? For us, it was 14.

We have 14 years to make a difference and finish strong in our marriage, with our family and in our community. Many of our future decisions are now based on how we can impact those around us in a positive way, using the resources we have been blessed with.

So, enjoy your time. Relax, take moments to be still and have fun together with your friends and family.”

Be intentional. Finish strong – in your marriage, in your life, in helping others.

How many pennies do you have left? How will you spend them?

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2 thoughts on “How Many Pennies Do You Have Left?

    • I’ve thought about their story so many times over the last year and a half. Two really great people making the world better… The story just sticks with you!