Monthly Archives: June 2014

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.

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