The Value of One Dollar

The empty streets of tonight remind me of a certain heaviness I used to carry.

What is one dollar worth to you?
A can of pop?
A candy bar?

One of my most prized possessions is a Chinese dollar coin.
It was given to me by a dear friend whose name was a homophone of One Dollar in Chinese.

After 9 years, I still use it to make a final decision when I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place.

There is a Chinese saying I always carry with me, 雪中送炭. A direct translation of that phrase is Snow Middle Gift Coal, which means to gift coal during a snowstorm or to extend a hand in times of need.
The hand may be literal or monetary, but I think the most valuable thing you can gift someone is your time, patience and understanding.

My friend was one of the few individuals with whom I shared a true friendship and connection. Be mindful that my definition of friendship may differ from yours. I personally do not think you can be true friends with someone you do not hold a high opinion of.

It took me a long time to get to where I’m at right now.
Guilt is a useless emotion.
And a little bit of grief is enough to bring any strong man to his knees.

So we’ll meet in Valhalla, my friend.
Where we can drink on Tuesday mornings.
And smoke until we get lung cancer.

Until then,
I’ll try to stay as healthy as I can.
And keep on walkin’ forward.
One foot in front of another.
Step by step.
Let’s see how far I can go.


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