Encouraging It Forward

Encouraging It Forward

It had been a very difficult week and I was anxious for it to be over. Drained, I stopped in a Starbucks on my way to work for some fuel. As I got in line I was greeted by a joyful little boy named Judah wearing small angel wings and a T-shirt reading “Kindness is magic.” He said “hi”, gave me a handmade coffee sleeve, ran over to his parents and grabbed another one out of a laundry basket ready to greet the next person. I noticed that mine was a matryoshka (aka Russian nesting doll). I said to his parents “cool, I worked at the Olympics in Sochi, this is great.” The mom shared how she had just crocheted that coffee sleeve last night and it was the only one of its kind in the batch. Wild! When I posed for a photo with Judah he smiled and gave me a big hug. It warmed my heart and melted the stress of the week away. When I looked at the photo I noticed a ray of sunshine around Judah. I thought what a perfect symbol of his bright and kind spirit. The family was handing out the coffee sleeves “to show strangers a tangible way that they are loved.” (They gave away 100 in 45 minutes!) Their motto is “encouraging another person.” My goal is to do so by the end of today.

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