I pull into the drive-thru at Starbucks to get my usual grande hot white chocolate mocha with no whip. I do a mental calculation of my near future expenses, and rationalise the temporary enjoyment of my favourite drink.
The barista says,”The customer in front of you paid for your order! Would you like to pay all or a portion of the customer behind you?”
Wow! All, of course.
I am the 32nd customer to pay it forward. Yes indeed, that kind gesture makes me feel, even if just for a moment, that the world isn’t so bad off after all.