Today’s Cup 114 was swiftly transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. The hot soy latte was a welcome pick-me-up after an exhausting four-hour rehearsal; preparing for an upcoming show for community theater. Since no one queued up in the line behind me, I left the standard $5.00 bill with a barista at the counter. The barista is new to my project, but with a smile, he said: “You know, sometimes paying it forward really confuses people. They can’t figure out what’s going on!” I had to laugh a bit and then explained that I believe that’s an example of good confusion.
As the friendly barista handed over my latte, he began to tell me about a drive-thru regular that pays for the coffee behind them and blogs about the clever or interesting stories. He even started to tell me all about my very own Cup 8! I quickly thanked him and drove off with my coffee in hand, and then laughed my way through those first few sips. That new barista had no idea he was talking about me. I’m the regular! It was one more successful day in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope, and I loved that I flew under the radar. That’s the best type of kindness. The kind that just happens before anyone really knows what to think. I can then exit stage right. Right into another random act of kindness. Until tomorrow, and until the next theater of joyful and caffeinated goodness.