If there’s one thing that I’ve come to understand more clearly on my journey with this piece of shit brain tumor, it’s that you often never know what someone’s dealing with. Too often when no outward appearance of challenge, disability or emotion is evident we fail to recognize that they exist under the surface.
Finally this morning a trail of cars lined up behind me in the drive thru at Dunkin Donuts. For whatever reason, I’m always at the end of that trail of cars. So, this morning I paid for my large coffee and a sprinkle donut for Cooper and then paid the tab for the gentleman behind me. After the week I’ve had, the gesture made all the stress fade away.
The woman who works the window has been handing me my coffee for four years. She knows me and she knows my children. We see her around town and she always remembers us. When I asked her to include the tab for the car behind me to mine she smiled the largest smile I’d seen on her face and she then told Cooper that his mommy was a good person.
I explained to Cooper what I had done. I told him that it’s a good thing to do something for another person simply because you want to and not because you want anything in return or a thank you. I’m not sure he fully understood, but he listened.
The anonymity of the gesture felt great and I can only hope I made his morning brighter. Maybe he’s on a journey like me. Maybe he’s heading to play golf. Maybe he lost his wife, daughter, son or friend recently. The maybe and what ifs can go on infinitely. I’ll never know, but that’s the beauty of the gesture.
So go out and pay it forward for another person today. I challenge you. If you’ve never done it, you’d be surprised what a small gesture can mean to a total stranger and for yourself.
Love it! Even when we have nothing to share, we do. Here’s a quote I love by Mother Teresa,
“Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” We don’t always need to pay it forward with money. We can pay forward kindness and love as well. Thanks for inspiring me. I may write a post about it!
you’re an inspiration 🙂 thank you!
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I just had to drop you a note to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. It is so REAL and you are so REAL. You are an inspiration in so many ways. I am not sure how you juggle everything on your plate but from what I can gather you continue to do it with grace and an incredible sense of humor! I will find an opportunity in the next couple of days to Pay it Forward. You’ve inspired me!
Fabulous Jen, just fabulous. I often try to explain these ideas to my kids, hoping that one day it will stick. Thanks for the reminder and challenge!