This morning I went to Starbucks after I had taken care of a few errands. There wasn’t anything in particular that made today any different from any other day (when I order my quad, half-caff espresso macchiato with extra non fat foam – in a grande cup) other than the fact that while I was in line I decided to buy the person behind me a coffee or whatever drink they chose. So I gave the Barista five dollars and said “this is for whoever is behind me, I am buying them a drink.” It could have been an old man, a student … anyone.
I paid for my drink, left him the five dollars and moved over to where the drinks are being picked up to wait for mine to arrive. I noticed that the next person behind me was an attractive young woman, probably on a break from the office as the had a security tag on and was very well dressed. I saw there was an exchange between her and the barista and then she did the same thing and waited for her drink.
I thought I should say something as I did not want her to think I was making some move on her or expecting her to say hello and give me her number so as soon as I had my drink in my hands and had added my little extras (sugar and cocoa) I went over to where she was sitting waiting and very politely told her to have a great day and to pay it forward.
She very quickly jumped in with ‘I did not accept it and have asked the clerk to give the money back to you,’ meaning me. I was stunned and told her that I was simply paying it forward and that I was not going to take the money back and that she needs to let the clerk know to use it for someone else and that it was all about doing or creating a simple gesture of paying it forward … and I did wish her a great day.
I guess the sad part of this whole story was that she misunderstood my intentions and an opportunity was lost in not being able to continue with the pay it forward thought. What a way to go through the day. I suppose I feel as though most people see the glass as being half empty instead of being half full. Wouldn’t it be nice if randomly things like this happened every day and perhaps many time throughout the day?
I enjoy doing this sort of thing and I’m not writing to brag about it or make myself seem better than the next person. I’m not. I hope by reading this it may inspire you to do some small random act of kindness for someone who is not expecting it in any way. You will feel so good and it really does set the day to a whole new pace or allow it to resonate at a higher frequency so the glass is not only half full but overflowing with amazing and wonderful things happening in our lives.