Today a true act of kindness came my way. I went into my local coffee shop while out running around to get those last minute things for the Women’s Retreat I am leading on the weekend. Honestly I just needed a moment of peace and tranquility as the last month has been crazy with all of the extra work we’ve been doing. There have been times when I’ve found myself wishing that house elves were real and that they could be hired on a temporary basis. It’s an exciting season but a little overwhelming as we adjust to new programs, new plans and new directions for our two young boys. I just wanted a Pumpkin Chai Latte to get me through to the afternoon as I went home to finish preparations for the weekend.
Walking up to the counter I was greeted pleasantly and then when I asked for my beverage of choice was met with an “I’m sorry we’re out”. Devastation and sadness met my heart in that moment when I realized I had to make another choice. What would I order? Who would I be in this instant? I’m not a regular there anymore since having kids has funnelled my excess cash into different streams and I find it hard to make choices quickly. I’m the person who thinks about her order before she goes in. It’s just what I do.
I should not have been concerned however as the the barista quickly took over when she realized I was at a loss. She kindly offered up a creation of her own design and even suggested topping it off with some whipped cream. I don’t do dairy as it doesn’t agree with me but before I could even say no thank you another barista stepped in and said “She never has whip. She doesn’t do dairy.” Listening intently the barista assisting me got to work and whipped up something divine. I left feeling cared for and noticed. It was a really nice moment in my day.
I was impressed and grateful for the service I received today but it stood out in my mind as more than just an action of customer service. These people who helped me today were providing community, care and recognition of who I am as an individual. To take the time to help me out is their job but to do so with grace and kindness while remembering small details that I don’t know if I could is something to be admired and respected.
To take the time to help me out is their job and really it’s our job too. Our job as Christians is to reach out into the world and touch peoples’ lives with light, grace and truth. Through how we live we can make a difference and really help others feel valued and important and it doesn’t take much. In this simple moment I felt encouraged and cared for. It’s often the simplest of moments that change peoples day and impact them for the better. The next time you leave your house remember you have the power to change someone’s day for the better. A smile on your face or a kind word could in fact be what makes someone’s day. Now get out there and change the world for the better!!!