Cup 198

coffee cupToday’s Cup 198 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97071. In the dark, stormy early hours of my Saturday morning, on the way to a day’s worth of college classes, I drove to the local coffee shop. The cute barista {Cup 43} warmly greeted me and called me a trendsetter. Yes, me! She said: “You know, you’ve really started a trend here at our store, it seems everyone is now paying for others’ coffee!” I just had to grab my hot soy latte and drive off with smile. Yes, my smile lasted all the way until I arrived at my college campus. Then reality hit…I had to snap-to and get serious about thinking about this doctoral research project that consumes most of my personal time these days. This thinking and learning sure takes a lot of caffeine, tenacity and then some. But no complaints when I have such a joyful story to hold throughout the day.

Since no one queued up in the drive-thru behind me, I left a $5.00 gift card for the day’s unsuspecting patron. The barista happily assured me that she’d follow through with the mission to pay it forward.  So, here’s to another day down in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until next time, and until that next trendsetting shot of kindness.


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