Ever had an "Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad" kind of day? Well yesterday mine wasn't quite THAT dramatic, but it was shaping up to be quite stressful. I'm sure that was partly due to circumstances....very sick child + very early mornings + bad night sleep with very sick child + persistent shoulder pain + headache + rainy day + 4 kids cooped up inside = Bad Mood Mama. And I'm sure part of it was a general lack of a good attitude on my part.
After running a few very quick errands that simply could not wait I decided to run myself through Starbucks hoping it would help me feel better. Doesn't Starbucks always make you feel better? Little did I know that I was about to have the best cup of coffee I've had in a long time. A cup that could change my entire day. And it wasn't because it was Starbucks.
I was the last vehicle in a line of about 5 vans and when I reached the window to pay the lovely lady smiled and handed me my coffee and said...."the lady in front of you paid for your coffee. She said to have a good day".
It wasn't anything huge or expensive. But that one act of kindness turned my entire day around. That person will never know how dramatically that gesture affected me or how badly I needed it.
It's good to have someone do something nice for you. It's equally as good to remember that everyone has those bad days. We never know when some small action might make all the difference in a persons day. And I'm reminded that I'm never too old to learn again a lesson about giving and caring for others.
God bless the lady who changed my day.