30 Days of Thanks: Days 7-8

Day 7

I am thankful for my fur son, Bandit, who brings me so much joy and happiness in life. I truly do not know what I would do without his kisses, high fives, hugs and running dates.

Our happy family, Christmas 2010

Bandit’s senior picture

The best running partner a girl could ever ask for!

Bandit’s 2nd birthday!

Day 8

Today, I am thankful for the people I meet at Starbucks. I walked into Starbucks this morning at the same time as an older man. We did the awkward dance where you can’t decide who will go first…but being the gentleman he is, he kindly told me to go first.

“Well, thank you!” I said.

“You’re welcome! I have today off, so I am in no rush,” he said back.

“Well that is sweet of you!” I said back. “I hope you enjoy your day off.”

I stopped for a minute and thought of the Random Acts of Kindness blog I came across the other day.

“Actually -what do you want to drink? I want to buy your coffee this morning,” I said.

“Oh, no! I don’t drink this stuff!” He said back quickly. “I just try to get this stuff for my wife when I can. She loves it! And I try to come in at least once a week when I have a day off and take it to her at work.”

That made me smile.

“That’s very sweet of you! I am sure she appreciates it. You are a good husband!” I said.

“Well, she is a good wife!” he said back with certainty in his voice and a smile on his face.

With that, my drink was ready and I wished him a happy day.

It’s very easy to get caught up in the rush of the morning. But if you stop to smile and talk to complete strangers in line at Starbucks, you will definitely meet some great people. And find inspiration in even the littlest acts of kindness, like bringing Starbucks to a loved one at work.

Much love,

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