Do you remember those commercials where one person would do something nice for someone else and then that person would do something nice for another, so on and so on. I always thought it was a cool commercial and illustrated the intent of kindness and the power it has.
A few months ago, I visited my local Starbucks. It was midday and I was in need of refueling. I ordered my usual Toffee Nut Latte via the drive thru and waited in line for my turn. There were three cars in front of me and two cars behind. When I pulled up to the window, phone in hand (I use the nifty Starbucks App), the attendant greeted me with a smile and stated my bill had already been taken care of by the car in front of me.
I was in shock. Wow, I had heard about stuff like this happening. I actually thought it was an urban legend. To my surprise it is not. After reattaching my jaw to my face I asked, why? The attendant laughed, she was obviously enjoying the reaction. She said it has started about half an hour ago. One person started the chain by offering to purchase the coffee for the people in the car behind them and it continued from there.
I shook my head with a huge grin and I said, “well let’s keep it going, shall we?”. Handing her my phone I paid for the coffee order in the car behind me.
It is a rainy morning here in Texas and I have lofty writing goals for the day. After debating about whether or not to go to the grocery store to buy coffee creamer or to just make a beeline to Starbucks I decided to do both. After stopping at the grocery store-- specifically for my daughter, who like her mother, has coffee with her cream—I drove across the parking lot to the Starbucks drive-thru. Ordering my Toffee Nut Latte I noticed my Starbucks card had just refilled. The thought hit me and I couldn’t resist—selfishly hoping for good karma—when I got to the window there were four cars behind me. I looked at the couple in the car behind me. They looked like they’d had a long morning so I went for it.
I told the attendant I would like to take care of the couples order behind me. The attendant, a young adult of about eighteen or nineteen smiled broadly “It will be my pleasure to assist you with that.” He told me their total and scanned my phone. “I will say thank you for the car behind you.”
I asked him to tell them to have an awesome Sunday. He nodded and told me to have a terrific day. I pulled out of the drive through forcing myself not to look back. The bubbling of pure joy, and giggling elation was overwhelming. I haven’t experience such a natural pure high in years!
In reading this I hope you are inspired to do the same for someone sometime in the near future. I would LOVE to hear about you have done. I think back to how I felt when it was done for me, and now I have started the chain and passed it on.
It is my sincere hope that everyone who receives a free coffee is inspired to have an awesome day!