Sunday, December 4, 2011

In The Spirit of Kindness: A Ritual

Coffee Break: Pay It Forward.

Good evening, friends! I hope that you have had a fabulous weekend. I spent most of the weekend staying cozy and comfortable indoors, doing things that needed to be done. After a long day, sometimes the greatest comfort of all can be visiting your favorite neighbourhood coffee shop for something delicious. Whether it be a Starbucks or an independent coffee shop, I find that there is a familiar feeling, a contentment in the ritual.

I wanted to share a very sweet story with you today: (Sometime last year) My day had just begun, and with a great start. I was on my way back from a manicure appointment, and quickly went through the Starbucks drive-through for an Americano before heading back to work. I ordered the beverage, and when I arrived at the window to pay and receive my drink, the lady at the window claimed that there was no charge—that the man in the car just ahead of me had offered to pay for whatever it was that I had ordered.

I was so touched by this stranger's surprising act of kindness. Inspired, and being that it is just before Christmas, I would like to do this to repay and pass on the favour! You never know who might be behind you, but it's nice to know that you have the opportunity to make someone else's day a little sweeter... Just a thought: wouldn't this be a nice way to start the new week?

Images: Park & Cube


  1. This is the sweetest thing I have heard of in a long time...

  2. that sounds like a great way to start the week. thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi, Sarah, I enjoyed this post so much I refered reader to it in my Monday morning blog post. Have a beautiful week!

  4. Yes, a completely lovely thought. And, such a surprise too! Merry Christmas, Sarah !!

  5. Dearest Sarah,

    Sure, a little kindness goes a long way!
    We're having our special coffee time here at home with our British Columbia born daughter Liz who stays with us for six days. Precious time out of her busy schedule in Rotterdam... But it is a time of bliss, that is more important than Christmas decorations or whatsoever! Yesterdays post about '3 HEARTS' had a deep meaning...
    Love to you,


  6. sarah, I'm so enjoying this december series. Your blog is a daily dose of cheer. I love it. :) thank you!

  7. That is such a lovely thing to happen! I would be totally surprised and it would make me smile all day long... What a great idea.
    Have a great day.

  8. Darling I so agree with this. It's ALWAYS a wonderful idea to 'pass on some kindness'. I am a HUGE believer in 'random acts of kindness' and try to do them regularly.
    My latest one is to become a 'support family' for a young girl who has a very rough home environment. Twice a week I open my arms and home to this young girl to ensure she knows there is love, care and decency in the world.
    She is here tonight and tomorrow night, and I love that this not only makes her feel safe and happy, but it also teaches my own children to be generous and kind.

    Big hugs to you for doing nice things to people Sarah. The world needs more acts of kindness like these!

    xx Charlotta

  9. OMG, yes. the world would be a much nicer place if more people were kind. May we all pay it forward!

  10. Totally agree!! I also love your chunky knit sweater!!

  11. yes, random acts of kindness makes this world a better totally deserved it by the way! :)

  12. Charlotta: What a warm gesture—that is very kind of you! I too strongly believe in teaching children to be respectful and open their heart to others... Bless you! xo

    HauteCanada: Actually, that is not me in the photo, but Shini of Park & Cube. (click on image credit) If you enjoy her sweater, you will love following along with her blog—it is one of my favorites!

  13. What a generous & graceful gesture! You've inspired me to do the same! Happy holidays, Isabelle

  14. I'm going through your latest posts (I've been so busy!) and I don't know where to begin commenting!

    Well, I'm starting here because I love that Starbucks story.

    And I love the Park & Cube blog!

  15. Lisa: I was so touched by this act, I just had to share :)


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