For today’s square photo post, I have some Cuban Coffee so we can DRINK UP This tasty goodness
Have you seen the Starbucks “been there” series of mugs.
Speaking of Starbucks.
Last Fall, hubs and I were on a long errand day
On the way home, he stopped and I ran into a Starbucks to see if they had any chemical-free options for a sugar-free Pumpkin Spice Late. They did not – and this was after chatting with Linda about what “PSL” means. Side note folks – I always tell students this and want to mention it now, if you ever use an acronym – always define it. It is a courtesy – even if you think it is common and everyone surely has to know it. Sometimes we forget or never knew. Anyhow, Linda graciously schooled me ((and remember people that FBI could stand for Fungus, Bacteria, and Insects that are braking down a tree).
Back to my story – looking at the menu in Starbucks, I saw no good options for any type of latte (no worries) and then I was going to get two black coffees to go. But after five minutes – seriously – five minutes of waiting – and nothing – I left. One person in front of me – this lovely young lady in the photo below. Not sure if they were making her order or if the two staffers were busy with drive-through orders – but I was out of there. I was not that disappointed either because Starbucks coffee is usualy too acidic for me (in contrast organic coffee does not seem to be) yet I go there like a magnet to steel at times!
Oh and then their tea bags now use the plastic sieves, which are one more exposure to possible contaminants (really / look it up) and so you think your sipping goodness but plastic tea bags are not ideal! – especially not good for a hot liquid to be sieved through plastic yet we look at the pyramid shape and silky sheen and think “cool” – but I say “Not cool” and it is small exposures like this that lead to a toxic build up (and I will stop ranting but did you know plastics have heavy metals in some of them? Yup and so avoid plastics with your food when you can).
Leaving Starbucks empty handed and not disappointed – I was on the way back to the car.
This man was hustling by me with his son and I overheard him say, “Someone will help us.” He was moving fast – I called to him and asked him what he needed help with. I don’t always get to do this. That day it was a call to action, I guess.
I ended up giving him the six dollars in cash I had for Starbucks and then opened the hatchback, quickly went through some groceries and gave him a bag of goodies. Of course in hindsight I wish I would have given more – even though sometimes we know we could be getting hustled. Either way, I like to take the chance sometimes that there is a real need.
Getting back in the car / the hubs had some kind words about it / oh those sweet verbal affirmations/ and it felt so appointed. I also felt a little heavy on the drive home. That empathy side that “felt” their need. Maybe even a little worried for them – but then I was consoled – ((God has then covered, consider the lilies in the field…)) oh and their photo is below / blurred for privacy
What about you? Have you done any outreach lately? Maybe too much? Maybe you are pulling back with boundaries. However – if not – maybe you should aim to do one or two random acts of kindness. Maybe another goal for 2021 is to keep your eyes open for someone in need. It sure feels good to reach out and invest in someone — and it is like drinking up the goodness from human connection.
I know a lot of folks are hunkering down again so maybe your outreach can be virtual. If you have any ideas for outreach – please leave it in the comments and thanks for the visit today