Intentional Acts of Kindness … even at Starbucks! by Soma McCandless

I had a busy day last Monday, and on the way home from work I passed a drive-thru Starbucks. I thought I might indulge in a nice fancy drink to brighten my day. So I ordered through the drive-thru speaker and waited in the line of cars until my turn came to drive up to the window. When I drove up, a smiling attendant held out my drink. I was thinking about work and did not remember paying for my drink, so I said, “Excuse me, but I don’t think I paid yet.”

And she said, “No you didn’t. The gentleman in the car before you paid for your drink.”

I was so shocked and confused. I said, “Really?”

And she smiled and confirmed what she had already said.

I had heard about this type of thing happening to people, but it has never happened to me.

I was amazed and so excited! I looked ahead to see if I could see my hero, but he had already driven away. I smiled all the way home. I knew I’d never be able to thank this person, so I’d have to just “pay it forward.” I wished my kids had been in the car with me. I wished they could see how a small simple gesture could brighten someone’s day. Perhaps by being the recipient of an intentional act of kindness, they could be encouraged to perform an act more often.

The kids read a book in school called, “Have you Filled a Bucket Today?”
In a similar book for adults, “How Full Is Your Bucket?”, intentional acts of kindness are encouraged. Whether gifts are material items or not, given unexpectedly increases their bucket filling power. My Starbucks experience was definitely a surprise and it certainly filled my bucket quickly!

How do we get our kids to be bucket fillers? I am in the midst of reading an excellent book. It truly has very easy ideas on how to raise a ompassionate and caring child. It’s a great read and should be recommended reading for every parent! Its called: The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute . It is written by two caring brothers who were raised by caring parents just like you and me: Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger. Enjoy!

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