We’ve all heard the expression “Pay It Forward.” if you haven’t tried it, you are missing out on a “Latte” great feelings that come when you surprise a stranger by paying for their purchase. A good friend of mine told me how incredibly good she felt after she unexpectedly sensed the urge to pay for the person’s coffee behind her in the drive-thru line at Starbucks. When she told the Starbucks employee what she wanted to do, the employee asked if she was sure about paying for that particular order because it was more than just one coffee. I don’t think it would have mattered how much it cost, because my friend has learned to listen to her inner voice and to respond to it without question. By the time the person in the car behind her had been given the good news of the anonymous gift, my friend had driven away.
The amazing thing is to think about all of the people who were touched by that simple act of kindness – my friend, the Starbucks employee, the person who received the gift, anyone else in the car that received the gift, the other employees who heard the story of the gift, all of the people who heard the story from the person who received the gift, and so on. The positive effects of a single kind act can ripple outward indefinitely, bringing hope and joy to many who hear of it.
My friend didn’t give a thought to everyone along the way who would be touched by her small gift; She just knew it was something she could do to bring a smile to another person who probably needed it at that moment.