My gift yesterday was coffee.
I recently heard about this nine-year old cancer patient from Midland Michigan.
He earned his angel wings on November 27, 2012 right before he told his father that he would never get married, because…
“God needs me more, I was your angel before I was born.”
After his funeral, his parents were so moved by the love and support they received from the community they walked into a Starbucks and bought coffee for the next person in line, with a note that said:
“Paying it Forward, Jayden-Style.”
It spurred a chain reaction that has hit everywhere from Michigan to California, and it was so inspiring Jayden was listed as one of Yahoo’s 12 Most Inspirational Stories of 2012.
So yesterday, I payed it forward Jayden-Style.
Except I didn’t have anything to write on or leave a note. I just asked the barista to add a cup of coffee to my ticket and give it to the next person in line.
The barista grinned at me and said, “Sure! We do this all the time.”
“Really?” I asked back.
“Yes, it happens all the time in the Drive-Thru. Sometimes the line of paying it forward continues for hours at a time.”
And that made me smile.
Really, isn’t it that easy?