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!