Posted by: chlost | September 15, 2010

Pay it backward

Almost every morning, I buy coffee at the local coffee shop to take with me to work. This is a drive-through, where you give your order from the car, and go to the window to pick it up and pay for it.

Today, when I got to the window to pay for the coffee and roll that I’d ordered, the clerk told me that the person in the car ahead of me had already paid for my order.

They had paid it forward by paying for the person behind them.

What a wonderful way to start the day. I would like to have thanked that person, but of course, the car had already driven away. I don’t have any idea of who this person was.  This has happened to me a few times before, but after yesterday, I was not in a great frame of mind to start my day. It made me feel as though the world had redeemed itself in just a very small way. It was a very good feeling, and I wanted to share it with someone else.

So, I paid for the person behind me.

The bottom line-good people are out there. 

I came across one of them when I truly needed it.

Forward or backward, it really doesn’t matter.



  1. Nice!

  2. Such a cool story, thanks for sharing!

    • Gotta pass it along when good stuff happens.!

  3. I might try a variation on that idea… I’ll tell the clerk that the guy behind me will be paying for mine! I just need a faster car.

    • Hmmm-I know my car isn’t that fast, and this is a small town…..but it could be interesting!

  4. Oh, what a marvelous gift. And by telling us about it, you made our day joyful too. Thank you.

    • I try when I can. You’re welcome.

  5. You are truly a very special lady! 🙂

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