My dad texted me this morning about something awesome that happened to him. He was at Starbucks behind a guy who bought 2 $10 gift cards. Said guy turned around, gave one card to my dad and one to the woman behind him and told them both to have a happy day. Reading his text almost brought me to tears. I’d heard of people buying each other’s drinks in the drive through many times (which is already awesome) but this was a whole different level of kindness. This guy actually had to turn around and face two complete strangers and tell them to have a great day on top of just buying them a gift. I mean…man.
I generally believe in the inherent goodness in people, but those days where it seems like the world is nothing but wars, ignorance and hatred and people being generally terrible to one another definitely creep up on me plenty too. What happened to my dad this morning might seem like a small gesture of kindness in the grand scheme of things…but for me, knowing that there’s a person out there that got up in the morning and decided they were going to make someone else’s day just a little bit better moved me so much.
I generally try to stay away from being preachy here because I hate being preached at, but for this particular topic, I’m going to preach preach preach…to you and to myself. Make the conscious choice to wake up and try make someone else’s day better. It doesn’t have to be buying them a Starbucks drink or a gift card. It can be smiling at a passing stranger, complimenting someone on something, laughing at someone’s joke, listening to a friend in need, talking to the homeless person on the corner instead of pretending you don’t see them. There’s about a million big and small ways we can make someone else’s day better. And you know what happens when you do that? They’re going to be a lot more likely to do the same for someone else. We can’t help but be inspired by the kindness of others. I know I certainly am. That’s what paying it forward is all about. This world can be tough to navigate sometimes for all of us. So why not try make it just a little less hard for someone just by being a fellow human being? Just by being kind. So how are you going to pay it forward? 🙂