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An Act of Random Kindness

Today I went to Starbucks to get a venti soy hot chocolate. It's one of my favorite drinks. But that is not what made me do one good deed and be selfless at Starbucks.

As I waited for my drink, I observed my environment. I like to people watch. I was surrounded by men in business casuals, young adults on my MacBook Pro - probably a college student, a group of middle-aged women in the corner catching up on life, and an elderly man reading a newspaper while sipping on black coffee. I'm a bit out of my environment too with my sweatpants, Bear Paw boots, a jacket, and fingerless gloves.

Then I noticed something out of the ordinary. I saw a woman outside the store by the drive-thru menu with her red wagon that had a bungee cord holding down a mountain high of black trash bags. The woman looked cold and probably hungry. Many cars drove past her as they pulled up to the drive-thru window with their pearly white smiles. No one cared. How can the world be so cold (and literally)? It is 3 degrees outside but feels like -6 degrees with 5 mph wind coming from NW. Deep down I wanted to help. The woman was leaving. I grabbed a PB & J sandwich & fresh fruits and vegetable protein box and a water bottle. I rushed the barista to help me check out. I didn’t mean to be rude but I wanted to catch the woman before I miss her. I didn't have much on my Starbucks card but enough for the protein box and water. Originally I hope my Starbucks card would last throughout the weekend since I am working at the hospital and it is always rewarding to get coffee at the end of shift. But that’s OK. She needs this more than my $5 tall soy caramel macchiato latté. I asked the barista to put the box and water in a Starbucks bag. I rushed out the coffee shop and looked around frantically. Don’t tell me that I'm too late! The woman was by the dumpster across from Starbucks.

"Hi!" I waved as I ran up to her. "I have something for you."

Her eyes gleamed. She took the bag.

"Look what the nice lady gave us." Said the woman to her dog that was sitting on the wagon surrounded by blankets. "Thank you, thank you so much."

"My pleasure and enjoy." I smiled. It wasn't much but I know that I made a difference in someone's day.

Although every day at the hospital is an act of random kindness. It is the small things that we do that can make a huge difference to someone's day or life. In the hospital, it could be showering a patient, changing a patient's linen, helping the patient wash-up for the day, or even just listening to their words; their story; their struggles because all they need is for someone to talk to.

Today, I ask you to go out there and try to make a difference in someone's day. Remember you can change the world with one act of random kindness at a time.

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