Do you remember this story that was printed in the Tampa Bay Times?
In August of 2014, almost 400 people who visited a St. Petersburg, Fla., Starbucks got a break from the daily grind thanks to a woman who paid for the caramel macchiato ordered by the stranger behind her at 7 a.m. This random act of kindness kick started a pay-it-forward chain that lasted until 6 p.m., according to the Tampa Bay Times. By early evening, 378 people had picked up another person’s coffee tab.
Linda Cohen is the author of a wonderful book entitled, 1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life. Based on her blog highlighting 1,000 Mitzvahs (good deeds) written in memory of her father, Linda shares the many ways in which one person can touch the lives of others.
Here are two wonderful quotes from 1,000 Mitzvahs:
“It rarely requires heroic actions to help a stranger.”
“By recognizing the power of giving, we ourselves become more in tune with all the small and subtle ways we also receive.”
Make it a point to perform random acts of kindness and hopefully you will inspire others to do the same. I challenge you to pass it on or pay it forward!