As I type this, I sit in Caribou Coffee. The air outside is hovering around 70 degrees – which is the perfect fall temperature, if you ask me – as my coffee radiates warmth and comfort.
One of the prompts at Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week is: “Coffee Talk! Share your first pumpkin spice latte of the season with us. Bonus point: Pay it forward and buy a pumpkin spice latte for someone else.” Of course, I took the bait because buying someone a pumpkin spice latte was the perfect kick-start to my 31 Random Acts project in October (btw – are you joining me?).
The guy at the cash register told me I was ‘awesome’ for paying it forward, which took me by surprise. I was surprised because, to me, ordering an extra drink was just a small gesture…
I think I finally realized that these random acts are a minimal part of the kindness that we are planning to spread. Perhaps, our most significant impact is just making the decision to perform an act. I can tell you that buying a pumpkin spice latte cost me $3.45 tonight, but the look on the cashier’s face, the smile it brought him, and perhaps the inspiration for him to pay it forward was worth every penny and more.
As I await the smile on the face of the next person to order a PSL, join me in reading some other inspirational posts this week:
- How to Keep your Heart Open When it Breaks: I don’t even know how I stumbled across Lissa’s blog, but this post struck me in a tearful way. You may be wondering how do you know if you’ve read a good blog post? I can tell you; it’s when you cry. Lissa’s post about her daughter’s love for a pair of baby raccoons is so sweet and touching you’ll forget about any big worry going on in your life now.
- How to Write for 31 Days: I don’t know if you’ve picked up on this yet, but Emily @ Chatting at the Sky is my muse. I swear every time I read one of her pieces, I think She’s done it; there’s absolutely no way her writing can get any better!. And then she writes her next post and her freaking writing gets better. Every single time. Click over to read about how Emily views her writing career and how she’s really only written about one topic for the past 5 or so years (and it’s all amazing btw).
- 4 A.M. Feedings are Worth It: Lindsay had her baby girl back in June and since that time, I’ve known two women to give birth to still-born children. These two things are not intrinsically related, but Lindsay goes in-depth into her gratitude for being a parent – even if that means feeding at 4 A.M. She is both humble and honest about her gift of being a mother.
- A Coach’s Lesson in Six Words: Finally, Eli asked me to contribute a 6-word memoir about something a coach taught me. It’s interesting to read everyone’s responses!