JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 264 :: paying it forward

26 Sep

Day 264: Surprise.

Randomly, today was my day to let this kindness act take flight. Or at least go for a drive. I woke up and decided today would be the day I would pay it forward and do my Random Act of Kindness…at Starbucks.

But when I grabbed my keys and headed toward the door Pup looked up at me with his big brown eyes. I stopped in my path. As I looked into his fifteen-year-old eyes I thought about how KIND it would be for me to take Pup with me. He does, after all, love to go for a car ride.

“Do you want to go for a car ride?” I asked.
Oh, yes, I do! He seemed to say with those big brown eyes.

So the two of us set off for Starbucks, to get one coffee and to pay another one forward.

At the drive up window I ordered my mocha. Then the Barista asked, “Will that be all?”

“No.” I hesitated. I wasn’t sure how to say I wanted to pay it forward. There was no car behind me yet and I wasn’t sure what the precedence was… do I set a spending limit like $5? What if an entire bus full of student athletes pulled up behind me and ordered a full-on breakfast buffet?

I opted to go with the truth and told the barista I was doing a random act of kindness and wanted to pay it forward to the next car. She was unfazed. (Maybe it happens all the time at Starbucks?) “I don’t know the charge yet so go ahead and pull forward.”

“Um, okay.” I drove forward doing what I was told still a wee bit worried that a Western Washington University van was sure to follow behind me packed with hungry students.

As I pulled up to the window, I saw the next car pull in behind me. It wasn’t a van. It was one woman in the driver’s seat and she looked familiar. In fact, she looked a lot like the dog’s new favorite dog walker Stephanie.

I blinked. I looked out the side window trying to see if it was indeed Stephanie. But what were the odds? She was one of the few people we have met in our new town.

Then the barista brought me my mocha and beamed with a big smile. “Your dog is so cute!”

Pup sat up in his seat and looked at the barista like he had done his job well. He was on a car ride. It was a big deal. He was proud.

“Thank you,” I said. Then I paid for the one extra coffee with a smile. I pulled the car forward and couldn’t look back without spilling my mocha. So we drove home, not knowing if it was a random act of kindness to a random stranger or to someone we actually know and love.

As soon as we arrived home my phone dinged. A text message showed up. It was from the dog walker and it said, “Thank you for buying me a mocha!”

And that, right there, is the power of kindness. In some odd, roundabout way, Pup and I delivered a kind act of randomness to the one person he knows in town.

In so many ways, it couldn’t have been any more random.
Or perfect.
Woof.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{ironic?}
#lovemoredomore

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