This morning, the guy ahead of me in line at Starbucks paid for my latte. When the cashier asked him, “Do you know her?” he replied, “No, I don’t know her from Adam; just tell her to do the same for somebody else some day.” The cashier explained that this is a very nice man, a former fire chief, who comes into their shop all the time. (The truth is, I liked him before he bought my coffee: he was driving a shiny black Hummer.)
To alleviate your distraction, let’s get the movie out of the way. Seriously. Get it out of the way. I’ve seen it, it’s disturbing, don’t watch it.
The whole “pay it forward” thing is a spin on God’s instructions to mankind: Luke 6:31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
Wiki: “…asking that a good turn be repaid by having it done to others instead.” This concept has been written about by Emerson (“Compensation”) and Douglass (“Magnificent Obsession”), and is a tenet observed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Upon reflection, it does have merit.
It’s distressing that it did not occur to me this morning to turn right around (well, not literally) and buy a coffee for the person following me in line. Ha! What a crazy (and fun!) morning it would be for that girl at Starbucks if a whole line of cars did that. But you know it wouldn’t happen: some Scrooge would spoil the fun about three cars out. But it’s a good thought.
So: in the near future, if you’re following a junky Japanese jalopy at Starbucks, and you can’t see ahead of it for the giant frizz-ball of hair, leave your wallet in your pocket: it just might be me.