So, a person “puts it out there,” right?  All that goodness, you know, volunteering, donating to charities, holding doors open, giving someone who needs it a hand, smiling like an idiot to see if someone grumpy looking will smile back, and my favourite, complimenting someone who appears to be having a bad day.  It’s those little things that make the world a happier place, right?

Well, as it turns out, sometimes those things come right back to you.  I walked into a local coffee shop the other day, ordered my usual cheap coffee because, truthfully, all I had in my pocket was a pair of loonies, a quarter and a few dimes and nickels.  But hey, it was nearly three in the afternoon and I’d not had coffee that day, and it was still a 30-minute walk home, so I treated myself.

“One cup of coffee,” I said.  “Room for cream, and I’d like a blue cup, please.”

Smiling, the coffee server complied and as I reached into my pocket, she said, “There’s no charge.  It’s already been paid for by someone else.”

I’m, like, really?

“Really?” I said.  “Thank you SO much!  You’ve just made my day! It’s like that pay-it-forward thing or something?”

“Yes,” she said.

“Does that, like, happen a lot?” I asked.

“More and more, it has been,” she said, delighted to be the bearer of good news.  “Probably a few times a week, sometimes more than once in a day.”

I beamed.  I was about to walk away with my free cheap coffee when I thought, I can’t let this stop with me.  Why would I let this stop with me?  I dipped my hand into my pocket, withdrew my handful of change and gave it to her.  “For the next person,” I said, “who orders just a basic, ordinary coffee.”

The two of us were grinning as I walked away.  It’s the little things.   It’s always the little things.

And then, yesterday, nestled amid the bills and junk in the mailbox is a hand-written letter.  Like, really, it was just the coolest thing, out of the blue to get this lovely, unexpected note.  I smiled when I read it, put it on the kitchen counter, and smiled every time I saw it.

And then today, I see this tweet on Twitter that says:  “Many thanks @sfarrellholler for continuing to be so darn awesome! #ThankyouThursday,” and I’m, like, really?  That is SO cool that someone not only thinks I’m awesome, but has said it publicly.  It put a big smile on my face.  It’s the little things.  It’s always the little things.


© 2013 Sue Farrell Holler