Pay yourself forward
I was reading an article the other day about a chain of people who paid for the person behind them in line for coffee in Massachusetts. I love these stories about people who do a small good deed for a stranger, and inspire a whole group to do the same. Where I come from, we did this with bridge tolls, and I know from experience the sneaky joy of peeking in the rear view mirror to catch a look at someone’s face as you make their day.
I have a confession to make. I do this for myself several times a week. As I go through my evening activities, if I have some time, I finish a task I had planned for the morning. I like to choose my outfit and pack lunch before I go to bed every night, too. At work, when I make my to-do list for the next day, I sometimes do one small thing from it before I leave for the day. Then I walk out the door knowing that when I sit down at my desk in the morning, at least one thing will be done before I even make a cup coffee.
It’s almost as fun as doing it for someone else.
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