A couple weeks ago, I found myself in line at Starbucks, in the middle of the afternoon. As I was daydreaming of the food in the bakery case, the man in front of me started telling me about how he woke up early to beat the heat of working in the middle of the day and now he needs some tea to stay awake.
I listened to his plight with sympathy. I mean…really, who wants to do hard work in the California sun?
To my surprise, after he ordered his drink, he said, “And whatever she’s having…I’m buying” as he gestured toward me.
I was a little confused. Up until this point we had a very short interchange of words. I’m not sure I would even qualify it as a real conversation. And I’m pretty sure he wasn’t trying to hit on me. I didn’t get it. So I asked, “Why would you do that?”
“Because I want to,” he said with the grin of an accomplished earlybird who caught a worm. I think, quite simply, he was feeling good and he wanted to share that with others. And…it worked. His gesture made me feel good, too.
This reminded me of a Maya Angelou quote: “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them FEEL.”
Sometimes making someone feel good can be accomplished by simply sharing your smile. If that doesn’t work…you might want to try buying their drink.
Watch the video below. It was inspired by Maya Angelou’s quote and a man I met, in line, at Starbucks.