Monthly Archives: July 2013

Cup 170

Today’s Cup 170 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. The drive-thru was a popular place as evidenced by the long line of cars, including the sedan queued up behind me. The barista knew the routine and happily rang up the two bucks and change for the unsuspecting patron in my rear-view. That driver was the one hundred and seventieth customer in this year-long mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. So here’s to another day and another round. Until next time!

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Cup 169

coffee cupToday’s Cup 169 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. The driver of the cute little gray Cube car was truly a cheap date. It totaled just a buck and change. Perhaps he would have ordered a fancy drink had he known it was his day for a cup of kindness? Who knows?  So here’s to another day of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Cheers!

Cup 168

Today’s Cup 168 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. It was a quick trip in and out of the drive-thru, which resulted in a $2.49 cup of kindness for the driver of a white Audi. It was another day down in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until next time.

Cup 167

Today’s Cup 167 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. Under a somewhat cool cloudy sky, I was greeted by a friendly barista who informed me that my coffee was free. The driver ahead of me paid for MY coffee. It was a cup of kindness that bounced right back in my lap! As the barista happily shared the news, I explained that I couldn’t break the blog-chain and interrupt my project at cup 167, so I paid the $5.45 for the driver behind me–keeping in spirit of the mission. It was an absolute win-win, for sure. So here’s to another day and another round of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.

Cup 166

Today’s Cup 166 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. I’m not sure what the driver of the Toyota drinks for her $3.48 total, but it was definitely sent out in the spirit of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope.  I hope it made her day, and I hope she went about her business thinking that someone wanted to make her day.  It was just one more round, and yet another double shot of kindness. May you be inspired to send out a shot of kindness in your neck of the woods. Until next time.

Cup 165

coffee cupToday’s Cup 165 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. It was a quick $4.48 order for the driver of the grey, and very sporty, sedan behind me. I drove off with my latte and hand and a wish of kindness for that unsuspecting driver. So here’s to another day of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until next time. Cheers!

Cup 164

Today’s Cup 164 was transacted at Starbucks, 97034. As I headed out the door this morning, I wasn’t planning on stopping at Starbucks since I had a cup of home-brew in hand, but after 27 of the 33 mile drive to the college campus, I felt compelled. Quite simply, I pulled into Starbucks out of complete exhaustion. As I’ve been working on full-time+ studies toward a doctoral degree, sleep has come in short fits and spurts these days. This morning my body revolted, and I needed the extra shots of espresso before 8:30. Now, please understand, I’m not seeking pity nor even sympathy, because my busy schedule is definitely a path of my choosing. I am seeking out this academic challenge, and doing so with a joyous heart, though within a sleep-deprived shell!  I share this simple back story as it makes today’s Cup 164 more sweet.

As I was contemplating the solution for my early morning malaise I noticed a Starbucks up ahead–but no drive-thru. An in-store purchase was my only option. Typically this is a non-issue on any given day, but today I considered not talking to anyone, which it so unlike me. But, I was that tired.  And then, in a snap,  the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope took hold. As I mustered up the energy to order my triple espresso, I quickly glanced to the person behind me and said: “Here, please let me pay for yours.” It was a moment that transformed the (previously) quite coffee shop. The man began to shout: “Oh my goodness, it’s this pay it forward thing!” He then (all in fun) turned to the next customer and said: “Do I pay for yours?” Given that he was a frequent visitor and all the local patrons knew him, everyone started to shout out and join in the fun.  Within a matter of seconds everyone was shouting out and laughing and getting a complete kick out of this guy’s way-over-the-top enthusiasm and humor. It perked me up, for sure.

As I headed out the door, he then shouted: “Oh my gosh is Oprah here?” And then I scooted out the door to hear more laughter and chatter among the patrons. It was just a good time. Plain and simple.  After all that, I found it amusing that he ordered a little coffee. All that hoopla was for a cup that barely totaled a $1.40! It was an awesome morning and just the lift I needed.  I then powered on through the rest of my day, amidst a sack lunch, a bunch of books and spirit ready for learning.  ‘Twas a terrifically good day. And then some.

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