Pass It Forward

So as most of you already know from my annoying tweets and snap chats, I’m really short on money right now. It’s funny because I just had written down all of my bills and got a little spending/savings plan together. But of course life somehow finds a way to screw you over when you’re finally making positive moves. None the less, I ended up spending quite a bit of money that I wasn’t expecting to, when I still had two weeks until payday. I’ve been broke before sure, but normally when I complain about not having money, I’m being super dramatic. I’ll actually have 20-30 dollars in my account to stretch, which I’ve gotten really good at to be honest. But this time when I said I had a dollar in my account, I literally meant I had a dollar. And I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been this broke before. I was so damn bitter and upset and full of regret for not being responsible, but it is what it is and I can’t go back and change anything now.

I managed to scrape up a few dollars so that I could at least afford to eat until I get paid again. And today’s breakfast choice was Starbucks. I knew I could get a bagel and cream cheese and my iced coffee for about five bucks, and it’d fill me up until I had time to eat lunch. So I went through the drive thru and ordered, and when I pulled up to the window, I saw my friend Sarah’s beautiful face. She wouldn’t take my debit card when I tried to pay for my order, and told me that my breakfast was on her today. I was so surprised and grateful for her that I honestly felt a knot in the back of my throat. Which for those of you that know how sensitive I am, that’s really not surprising. I’m sure Sarah had seen at least one of my “I’m so broke” whining posts but for all I know, she had no idea what my struggle had been lately. She just decided to treat me to breakfast because that’s just the kind of person that she is. And even if she did know, she didn’t have to pay for my breakfast, she just did out of the kindness of her heart.

I got to thinking about human kindness on my way to work. So many people just automatically jump to being nasty (not in a good way) to get what they want accomplished. Having been in customer service since I started working at 17 years old, I’ve seen this happen so much, to me personally, and to my coworkers. And let me just say, I’m much more likely to help you get what you want if you’re kind about it. Everyone that works in customer service is a human, and humans make mistakes. I’m more than happy to go out of my way to help you out if you’re calm about the situation, and you understand that accidents happen. If you come at me guns blazing, I honestly won’t have any sympathy for you or your situation. More than likely I’ll have sympathy for myself and start crying just because you’re making me so uncomfortable. And honestly, at least in my experience, if you come into a place of business and start acting like an asshole, you’re most likely not going to get what you want. This is really turning into a rant at this point but I promise that there’s a meaning here.

My point is that you never know what someone is dealing with behind the scenes. And you’re added stress probably isn’t helping, whether or not there’s something pressing going on at time. No one wants to be treated like a piece of dirt when they’re just trying to make an honest living. And even outside of the work place, why can’t we all just try to be better human beings. There is so much shit going on in the world right now, I think everyone could use a little extra happiness. So next time you’re in the Starbucks drive thru, by the car behind you their breakfast. Send your mom some flowers at work when you’re thinking about her. Tell your coworker how much you love her outfit. Stop shooting dirty looks and judging situations you know nothing about and shoot a stranger a smile, or strike up a conversation with someone you haven’t really connected with. It may seem out of your comfort zone, I know it’s out of mine, but I’m challenging myself and you to put some positive vibes out into the universe. You never know how they might come back to you.

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