I try to go to local coffee shops over Starbucks, but yesterday it just happened to be the quickest option.
The line was ridiculously long but I wasn't in a huge hurry.
When I got to the window, the girl told me the person in the car in front of my had paid for my coffee.
It was such simple thing, but it was the nicest thing.
Over the last few weeks, I've felt the stress mounting.
Last week, I was near tears probably every day.
Having someone pay for my coffee was one of those small things that was somehow like the universe saying, hey, people really are good and everything is going to be okay.
I was so surprised in the coffee line that I asked the girl at the window why someone paid for me coffee. She just looked at me and smiled and said "It's just something people like to do sometimes."
The holiday season always gets a little crazy, but I love the holidays. What I'm not loving is that my company is restructuring and I have to reapply for my job. That there's so much I have to pull off for the rink. That we have company this entire month and so much cleaning/renovating to do. That my dog needed back surgery. That it's been cold and icy making it difficult to run; I know I've gained weight and that has been weighing on my mind as well, among lots of other things.
Individually, none of these things is enough to push me to tears (well, other than Grover's surgery), but collectively it's enough to make a girl come damn close to losing her mind.
That pay it forward cup of coffee might not fix everything or erase the stress, but it is enough to stop, take a deep breath and remember that there's a lot of good in the world, even if people make you nuts with their terrible driving, poor manners in stores and focus on pricey gifts instead of togetherness, family, giving and love.
So for all of you, dear readers, dealing with stress this holiday season and all year round, I'm hear to tell you there is good in day to day. There is someone around the corner who just might buy you a cup of coffee when you need that kindness most.
Happy holidays lovely readers!