Cup 227

coffee cupToday’s Cup 227 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97035. During my last drive home, after a long month of college courses, I allowed myself a moment of exhaustion and stopped for an early evening espresso. The barista happily handed over my drink and helped me pay for the $4.75 drink of the driver queued up behind me. As I wrapped up, I remembered to ask for the zip code since I was about 34 miles from my current home base and needed the vital information for my blog! The barista chuckled and said: “Good question, I guess I don’t know.” We laughed. I guess zip codes are a bit unnecessary this day and age, but not for my 365 Cups of Kindness blog. So here’s to another day down and another shot of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Cheers.

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Cup 226

coffee cupToday’s Cup 226 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071–at a newly opened location! The barista, whom I’ve named K_Barista,  happily handed over my drink  and gave me a thumbs up for paying for the unsuspecting patron behind me. I explained that it’s part of my typical Starbucks routine, but typically at a different store. He smiled and shouted out, “Yeah, but keep coming back here, that’s so cool.” Yeah, I have to agree. It is so cool. So here’s to another day down in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until next time.

Cup 225

coffee cupToday’s Cup 225 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97301. It was one of those rarer occasions in which I purchased my iced tea in the store, instead of the drive-thru, all of which lends itself to the funny-awkward-surprised response from the day’s unsuspecting patron. In this case, after asking the kind gentleman in line if I could buy his coffee, he joked that I couldn’t buy him coffee because he was a tea drinker. I smiled, laughed back and wanted to say, “Look here, after 225 days of this coffee-buying-gig, I’ve heard all the jokes, just give the barista your order!” Without too much drama, I just explained that it’s something I like to do. His grateful smile and quick wit was truly appreciated, as was the friendly barista who made the transaction happen flawlessly.

So here’s to another day and another round of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until next time.

Cup 224

coffee cupToday’s Cup 224 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. It was a quick trip into the drive-thru and the barista handed off a drink and two swipes of the iPhone app with a wink and a smile. I hope that driver enjoy that Venti-schmoka-frappy-thing that rang up to four bucks and change! Here’s to another day in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until that next shot of kindness.

Cup 223

coffee cupToday’s Cup 223 was purchased at Starbucks, zip code 97071. It was just another ordinary day, a cup of kindness for the driver of the red SUV behind me, but another bittersweet reminder of the reason behind this blog. As I drove off, sipping my own latte, and hoping the driver liked her surprise cup of goodwill, I reflected on the inspiration behind this blog which started about eighteen months ago. At that time, I was so deeply saddened by the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  As described in my about  section of this blog,  the inspiration for this 365 Cups of Kindness blog, came about during that time.

As I drove off, I was reminded that we are not immune to violence, tragedy, and loss. For reasons so out of our control and understanding we sometimes face the seemingly unimaginable. Here in my home state, we suffered a tragic loss through a recent incident of school violence at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, OR.  Though these events defy explanation, we find that they can bring us closer, sometimes serving as a galvanizing force for us to appreciate the frailty of  humanity, our connectedness, and compassion. Through this, I want to be reminded, no one’s life is ever in vain, we all matter, and we do possess the strength, know-how, and ability to develop solutions for creating the safe and compassionate  world in which we all hope to live.

With this, I wish you all well. May you be blessed by the kindness of strangers, or perhaps may you be inspired to be the one serving up the cup of compassion. Here’s to another day, and another round, of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. May God bless you and those whom you grace with kindness.

Cup 222

coffee cupToday’s Cup 222 was purchased at Starbucks, zip code 97013. It was one of those nice surprises for the stranger queued up in line behind me. My request to buy her a cup of coffee was met with a quick smile and thanks–after asking, “Are you sure you want to do this?” I assured her it’s all part of the plan, the mission toward Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. So here’s another day down and another cup of kindness in the form of a Venti Fancy Latte,  sent out into the universe. Until next time.

Cup 221

coffee cupToday’s Cup 221 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97217. While on my way to a special event, with a few minutes to kill, I stopped in for a quick rainy-day cup of coffee. The store was quiet, but the friendly barista was more than happy to ring up a $5.00 coffee card–to leave for the next patron. She asked a few details about my request and I explained that today was two hundred and twenty-one days in an attempt to hit the goal of 365 Cups of Kindness.

As my event was minutes from starting, I didn’t have time to stick around and see who received the daily gift.  I jetted out with a smile as yet another shot of goodwill launched off into the universe. So here’s to  another day down in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Cheers.

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