Being kind by anonymously paying for a stranger’s coffee:
Yay! Today I got the chance to use another of my Kindness Cards. Feeling well enough to go out for a couple of hours, I walked into my local town for a coffee.
The friendly manager took my order, and I shyly asked if she’d do me a favour. I explained that I’d like to anonymously pay for a customer’s coffee and would like her to pass on one of my Kindness Cards, which on the back I’d written: You are an incredible person. Enjoy your coffee xxx
What I didn’t anticipate, however, was the manager’s response: she was genuinely touched and moved to tears by the gesture.
The crazy thing is that her response made me feel a little uncomfortable.
It made me realise how much easier it is to show kindness to others than it is to accept kindness ourselves. What a learning experience.
She accepted my payment for the coffee along with the Kindness Card and promised to pass it along.
I didn’t stay long enough to see who was given the free coffee, but that was the idea really. I want to give without expectation of getting anything in return.
This is the first time of using my Kindness Cards that involved asking for someone else’s help. Not realising it at the time, it has shown the bountiful benefits of kindness: this one small act has made two, hopefully three, people happy: me, the manager, and, hopefully, the recipient of the free coffee.
So my happy for today is being kind to a stranger by anonymously paying for their coffee.