How Do You Create Bright Spots In Your World?

Last month I visited Seattle’s Best Coffee at Starbuck’s headquarters in Seattle. I go on quite a few blog summits a year, some are sitting in meeting all day, others are filled with cooking or other related activities. I truly believe the culture here in the Pacific Northwest is perfect for a company like Seattle’s Best Coffee. They’re down to earth, think outside of the box, creative, natural, and it’s why I enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest.

We were given a mission. Take $20 a hit the street to create a “bright spot” in someone’s world. Of course I ended up spending more than my $20, and my sister Amanda and I went on the mission together. Of course after the mission was over I realized it was the mission that was the bright spot in my day.

All too often in life I walk past someone, cut them off, take their parking space, I even sometimes don’t smile back when smiled at. I all too often am absorbed in my own world. It’s easy to get that way, so when I was given the mission. All of a sudden I asked myself, I wonder what their day is going like? What’s their story?

Do you ever stop and think about others. Just how life would be if you really stepped into someone elses shoes? All of a sudden I was given the task of walking up to someone and doing something nice for them. I think, like I would be a lot of people were shocked. Happy with our offering, and even extending hugs. All of a sudden they thought about themselves, and me, and just doing something nice. Going out of your way for another human can be rewarding in more ways than you can imagine.

So tomorrow, smile at a stranger. Say hello. And if you ever get the chance to pay-it-forward and create a bright spot in someone’s day I say go for it. Be spontaneous!

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  1. says

    Sounds like a fun activity! I am always amazed how as an adult I have forgotten to create a bright spot in others’ days. My toddler on the other hand just walks up to people, takes their hand, flashes a smile and says “You are my friend”. He is so earnest about it, too. Watching others light up around my son is usually the bright spot in my day. I wonder when I forgot how to do that to others.

  2. Tabitha P says

    Great Post! I will give props to myself I always always try to be courteous and friendly and give a helping hand when I am out. My friends laugh at me sometimes because I can sometimes go out of my way to talk to the checkout girl that is having a bad day just to get them to smile. There is a great quote though something like Don’t save all your smiles for strangers, make sure the people closest to you get them to. I know that isn’t quite it. This one I love as well “If you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours.”

  3. Doreen Riopel says

    Wow! That is great! I really enjoyed this post. It does feel good to do something nice for someone. Bravo for you. :)

  4. Melanie says

    I live in a small town in the south. Interacting with the cashier etc., is part of the regular routine. But it is so easy to be caught up in your own life and not really pay attention to others. I think it is so great that you went beyond being courteous and really took time to notice the people around you.