A cup of coffee, that you surprise another person with, means so much more than just a thoughtful gesture. A cup of coffee lets your friends know you think of them, it reassures a stranger that there are still good people in this world, a cup of coffee livens up the office mood amongst co-workers, it tells your significant other how well you know them, it even reassures your parents that they still matter so much to you… The list can go on.
It’s easy to forget what a simple cup of coffee can mean to someone else. Even though it seems like a superficial action, the meaning behind it goes so much deeper. How much more often would we buy a cup of coffee for someone else if we thought about the impact it can really make.
Why stop at coffee? Your smile can make a world of difference to someone else. Having a positive attitude and speaking words that fill other people up (not flattery, but actual loving truth) is something everyone enjoys. Holding the door open or taking the time to help someone else in any small way possible; pausing to really listen to another person, even when you don’t feel like you have the time. All of these small actions, like a cup of coffee, have a greater impact than you can imagine.
Life can go by so fast, and each day brings new obstacles and stress that can cause us to become closed off and focused on our own agendas. But how good it is when we pause to think of someone else! Not only does it make that person’s day so much better, but it also gives us reprieve from our own busy lives. It gives us a moment to have empathy and share in the joy we can so easily bring to another person.
Maybe today is a perfect day for you to buy someone a cup of coffee 🙂