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Hazelnut Lattes and Random Acts of Kindness

This morning I went through the Starbucks drive-thru to order my Venti Sugar-Free Hazelnut Latte at 140 degrees – yes, I am that girl – and something really pleasant happened. The car in front of me paid for my drink! When the barista told me I was free and clear to go, drink-in-hand, without coughing up a single penny, I almost gasped with delight. In my earlier commuting days in San Francisco, I had occasionally had another driver pay my way through a toll bridge, but no one had ever bought me a Starbucks at 6:30 a.m. when, grouchy and not-yet-functioning-at-max-capacity, a Starbucks latte was my equivalent of a gift from the gods.

This got me to thinking: What random act of kindness have I bestowed upon the world lately? Truth be told, there haven’t been many. While I consider myself a thoughtful person, I can’t remember the last time I paid someone’s way through a Starbucks drive-thru or toll bridge or – frankly – anything even remotely like that. So, from today forward, I vow to bestow more random acts of kindness on the world around me and I encourage you to do the same. Maybe you aren’t a coffee drinker and the drive-thru won’t, thus, present itself as a venue for your random act of kindness, but I feel certain that something else will present itself. Maybe you’ll randomly offer a client a free hour on your massage table. Maybe you’ll extend a hand to someone who needs it. Maybe you’ll simply smile and wave to someone you see today. Whatever it is, remember this: Energy is contagious. Share the best of what you have and it is bound to improve the world around you.

P.S. In case you’re wondering, I went ahead and bought the person behind me their Starbucks this morning, too. Doesn’t it make you wonder how long the chain went on?