The Kindness of Strangers – Day 18
by Jim Herbert
Thank you to a Stranger #18
Yesterday after my morning/afternoon workday I was doing the same thing many people were doing. Running errands and shopping in the evening rush hour. I had a Toasmasters meeting at 6:30 pm so I was trying to cover as much ground as I safely could without being late.
As I turned to head back north in the car in the direction of the meeting, I spied a Starbucks so I decided to treat myself to a peppermint mocha in the spirit of the season. I have no fear of the red cup!
I had to park down the block and across the street because there was no standing zone near the door. The store was crowded but the line was short. After I ordered my mocha I reached in my pocket only to realize I had left all my money and credit cards in my bag in the car. I told the barista I would be right back and that I’d left my money in the car.
He then asked me where I parked. After I told him he said, “Never mind with that. It’s raining out and traffic is heavy. This one’s on us!”
Now of course I was grateful for the free delicious mocha, but there was something more about his gesture that blew me away. One was his awareness of the energy of the moment and the fact he was saving me space and time. The other was his choice of the word “us” instead of “me” which spoke volumes about the selflessness of his act of giving me a free mocha.
So thank you to the barista at the Starbucks in the loop for your great service. You reminded once again how much little things matter…
I wanted to write my whole life. By age 45 it had amounted to nothing more than a storage locker of half full journals and a lot of unfulfilled dreams. Then Paris in the fall of 2011 happened. It was the catalyst I needed to consistently blog. At first I had a hard time hitting the publish button, but now two blog sites and over 300 posts later I’m hitting my stride. I’m also a budding speech writer. I’ve recently been heavily involved in the Chicago Storytelling scene and have also won the Chicago Toastmasters Area 66 International Speech Contest. Website: http://www.emergingintojoy.com.