Sarah hurriedly gets her kids on the bus and jumps in her car. She’s thinks about how grateful she is to have a job as the leaves crunch under her tires along the road. Not so long ago, she wondered where their next meal would come from. She’s appreciative of the work but not the stress that comes from being a single mom. Most of the time, she feels so alone. One busy fall morning, she pulls into the drive thru for a coffee that will give her a boost to make getting through the day a little bit easier. Here’s how one cup of coffee changed her outlook and made her notice the good.
This post is sponsored by United Healthcare. All opinions expressed are my own.
It all started with a white chocolate mocha.
When she pulled up to pay for her large white chocolate mocha, the drive thru attendant happily replied, “you’re all set.” A look of confusion came over her face so the attendant repeated herself with a smile, “the lady in front of you paid for your coffee today.” It was only $4.02 but the thought that someone else cared enough to pay for her order that morning, hit her right in the feels.
The car in front of her had pulled away from the drive thru window but to her delight, had to wait for something from their own order. She quickly pulled into a parking spot and walked over to the driver’s side window. She wanted to thank that person for thinking of her. As the window was rolled down, she smiled the biggest smile that had been on her face in a while.
See all the good around you.
She told the driver, “I just wanted to thank you personally for buying me coffee this morning.” The driver replied, “ I wanted you to see good things today. I wanted to make sure you knew, you are important.” Sarah said, “I was feeling alone but now I do feel better. Thank you for the reminder.” The two talked for a few more precious minutes and exchanged numbers.
A new friendship began and it all started with a little coffee from the heart.
It’s a simple coffee thing.
Nothing momentous. It literally took me like 5 extra seconds to pay for another person. I’ve been buying coffee for the person behind me for a few years and each time it’s the same. First the look of shock, then the feeling of gratefulness that you can feel even a car’s-length away. How can you not feel like the world is a better place when buying a cup of coffee for a stranger turns into a friendship. Or how about when an older couple is so happy about your “act of good” that they excitedly wave their arms in thanks until you can no longer see them in your rearview mirror?
It’s something that I can do anytime, although I particularly like starting off the day doing a little good. It’s a way to get the day started off on the right foot. I have a little confession though. I love the feeling that it gives me that I’ve changed someone’s day even a little bit. Giving back by a simple gesture isn’t only good for the receiver, it’s also great for the giver and all the people that witness that act of good. Not only that, your heart and health will thank you.
Money can’t buy you happiness but it can buy someone coffee. That’s sort of the same thing. #DoGoodWeek
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by United Healthcare. All opinions expressed are my own.