James, from Tim Horton’s made my day.

Today, I was on the receiving end of an act of kindness. And it happened ironically, because of this project!

To give some perspective on why this act of kindness meant so much to me, I will share with you that I’ve had a challenging week. One of those weeks where things are not going “according to plan”.

With the events of my week heavy on my heart, I decided to recharge my battery, let off some steam, and get outside with Scooby (my dog) for a hike. He and I often explore the hills around Kamloops for a hiking trail that usually leads to a great view. I toss the ball for him, as we climb, enjoying the fresh air and exercise, as well as the contribution that I feel we are making in each other’s lives. I usually gain clarity and am able to return home feeling lighter.
That is exactly what I needed today. But for whatever reason, after our hike I still felt a little down.

One of my closest and best girlfriends had a baby boy who smiles every time he sees me. (He smiles when he sees anybody, but I can’t help but giggle when his face lights up as we play peek-a-boo), so I figured since his smiles are infectious I would see if they would be up for a visit. Perhaps that would make my day.

I called to ask if she needed anything before I headed their way. She’s a new mom and is slowly adjusting to the new sleepless lifestyle that goes hand-and-hand with parenthood. And to add to her exhaustion, her coffee maker just broke down.
When she requested I bring her a coffee (a “double-double” from Tim Horton’s, specifically) I felt like it was the least I could do considering how her and her little man always brighten my day.

Ever since I extended the Act of Kindness Challenge, each time I’ve gone through any drive-thru, I’ve paid for the person’s order in the car behind me.
So today, when I pulled up to the payment window, I requested to pay for the order behind me in addition to the “double-double”.
I said: “It’s a Random Act of Kindness. Please let them know I don’t know them, and I just hope they have a great day.”
The young man in the Tim Horton’s uniform looked surprised for a moment and then smiled. “Oh, Ok. I love it when people do this.” Witnessing the act of kindness seemed to be brightening his day too.
He told me my new total, and as I looked in my wallet he spoke words that were the most incredible accidental act of kindness I could have been on the receiving end of today: “Did the guys at Booster Juice make you think of doing that?”

I couldn’t help but smile.

James, from Tim Horton’s made my day.

With love and gratitude,

Natalie. xo

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