Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Day I Didn't Pay for My Starbucks

This morning, something amazing happened.  The kind of thing you hear about, but never actually happens to you.  I was craving a tasty coffee to chase away the cold morning and pulled into Starbucks for a café mocha.    I waited in the drive thru- minding my own business and having a conversation with Siri.  When it was my turn, I pulled up to the window and tried to hand the cashier my card.  He waved me off, and said the man in front of me had paid for mine.  I glanced over at the minivan pulling out of the parking lot, then turned back to the cashier and felt my face switch from complete surprise to pure joy.  “Really?” I grinned.  “Yep,” he smiled back.   The coffee tasted even better since I knew it was free.  I was already in a good mood this morning, but that just made the day even brighter.

It’s amazing what a small, simple act of kindness can do.  It only cost that man $5, but I’ve been gushing about it all day, and plan to pay it forward (more than once!) and hope that those people are inspired to pay it forward as well.  There are a lot of things to complain about in this world, but there’s a lot of good too.  Hopefully, we all remember to let our good out once in a while.


  1. That happened to me once, but then I realized the guy was doing it for everyone in the store and was trying to get me to go to his Methodist church.