Free Coffee

25 Sep

The other day I was in the Starbuck’s drive thru. There were a few people in front of me, but I thought I’d wait. When I got to the window I was told that the man in the car in front of me paid for my drink. Believe it or not, tears started welling up in my eyes, thank goodness I had sunglasses on. I had been having one of those days. You know the ones, nothing seems to be going right, it was cold which meant summer was coming to an end, did not get enough sleep the night before, struggling with work, the kids’ schedules seemed too full, allergy attack, whatever else; I was feeling overwhelmed and was looking for something positive to focus on so I turned to Starbuck’s for the Pumpkin Spice Soy Latte both as comfort and as an afternoon pick-me-up .Well, when the kind stranger paid and drove off, unbeknownst to him, he completely changed my day and my outlook.

We always wonder (at least I do) how we can help change a life for the positive, how to make an impact. For me, that day, it was getting a $4.00+ cup of coffee for free, paid for by a total stranger. It is not always the grandiose ‘Oprah starting a school in Africa’ thing or the ‘sell everything you have and give it to charity’ thing. No, sometimes it’s as small as a smile or a compliment, or even a cup of coffee that could change someone’s moment, day, and life. How crazy is that? I immediately wanted to pay it forward, pay for the next person’s drink, but no one was behind me in the drive thru.

How do we change the world? It may just take that one moment, or be that one small act of kindness.  Show people you care and that they matter, take them by surprise!

Today I wear an old standard for me, Revlon lipstick in Coffee Bean. This is a great shimmery brown with a little bit of a plum undertone. This is a great every day color for most skin tones although it does have a little shimmer. Obviously today I chose it for the name in honor of that cup of coffee. Cheers!


9 Responses to “Free Coffee”

  1. sarahyoung1119 September 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    That happened to me a few weeks ago. Thank you for reminding me to pay it forward! Small kindnesses made a huge impact!

    • Anna September 25, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

      Thanks Sarah…you’re right, BIG impact..totally changed my day!

  2. Lauren September 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Here in Springfield, our christian radio station calls it the drive through difference and it really does make one! Sometimes just feeling like you are not alone and someone, even a stranger, cares enough to want you to have a good day is all it takes to turn things around.

    • Anna September 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      Love it Lauren! Drive thru difference!

  3. mom September 26, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    love that story… it’s so true that you cannot repay kindness, you pass it on.
    God loves you, your weary day turned to be a blessed day, thank the Lord!

  4. Facing Cancer Together September 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    That is so lovely of the stranger . . . and such an easy way to make the day better. Thanks for the reminder that little kindnesses matter. I bet it was an exceptionally delicious pumpkin spice soy latte 🙂

    Facing Cancer Together

    • michelle September 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

      I actually do that every once in awhile, just because. I hope that I made someone’s day, like the stranger did for you! Now, I know that I need to do that more often. xoxoxo

      • tina September 28, 2012 at 3:15 am #

        god really cares someone who is good to him and to everyone who follow his command…

    • Anna September 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

      Yes Catherine, best pumpkin latte ever and kindness does matter!!

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