Friday, October 31, 2014

Kindness At The Drive-Thru


I feel like I see these stories all of the time on my feed in Facebook…
 but it had never happened to me.

A stranger paid for your toll…your coffee…
your ice cream…maybe bought your lunch?

A grand gesture of anonymous kindness…
Then they drove off or left without waiting for a thank you…
or even a wave.

Paying it forward.

Gathering karma points.

However you look at it…
someone simply doing something nice for someone else.

It can literally turn your day around…
or perhaps, in my case, you weren't even having a bad day.

It happened to me!! 
Two days ago.

I was headed to Chicago to help a friend move.
Crusin along…listening to music…and decided to pull off and grab a Starbucks.

As I was in line, I thought to myself…I better eat something…
it was going to be a long day.

Rarely do I get food at Starbucks...but I did.

I was excited to let the Barista know I even had a complimentary drink…
 I am quite the regular.

But, as I handed her my card she said…
The guy ahead of you paid for your breakfast…
he also wanted me to tell you to have a great day!

It took a minute to register as I had my card dangling at her like…
what?

She smiled…

I smiled…

I looked ahead to see if he was around…
I would have launched myself as far out of my window as I could to try and wave…
you know...show my appreciation…
But he was gone.

Then I thought…man, hope he wasn't bummed when she was like her total was $8!
Like he was secretly hoping I only ordered a tall drip.

I got a meal.  

Regardless, it made my already good day that much better.

What a good reminder.

Be kind.
Be nice.
Smile at strangers.

You don't have to spend money to be generous.

Offer your time.

You could even help a friend move.


**My complimentary iced latte**

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