For the past 20 days, I have been participating in the “30 Days of Gratitude Challenge’, where each day I share something that I am grateful for. Today, my posting expressed my gratitude for Suspended Coffees, and their founder, John Sweeney.
At times, being thankful and grateful comes naturally and effortlessly, at others it can be a stretch and a total leap of faith. However, I believe that being aware of the good that exists all around us is something that each of us can do; just like anything else in this life – to become good at something it takes practice. For me that “practice” is searching for, reading about, witnessing, talking about and creating, kindness; and one of the easiest ways to begin this effort is to start and end my day reading the many inspiring and life affirming postings shared by the folks at Suspended Coffees.
Through their thoughtful communications, Suspended Coffees brings to light the many ways that a simple act of kindness can make a meaningful difference, and it truly is simple… pay for a coffee for the person behind you in line, or give enough extra for a few future coffee customers, smile at a stranger, buy a burger/sandwich for a homeless person, allow someone to merge in traffic, check in on your elderly neighbors, volunteer in your community, and the list goes on and on. The uplifting quotes, stories and pictures shared by SC not only inspire me to be my on my “kindest behavior”, they also help to restore my faith in humanity.
So many important and meaningful programs begin with one person, one thought, one inspiring interaction creating a much needed human connection and hope, where and when it is most needed. For me, this is what “be the change you most want to see in the world” is all about No rose colored glasses needed; it is here and it is happening because of John Sweeney and Suspended Coffees. Their mission and work is proof that “the good stuff” truly is everywhere every minute of our days, rejuvenating our spirits and inspiring our actions. If practice makes perfect (or even really, really good), I’m in! #morethanthecoffee
“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.”