King: Take a minute to Pay It Forward
With our everyday lives being so busy, and our heads stuck in our cellphones — we have become a society that completely overlooks the potential for socialization. Social media has become the new way we communicate. Major business deals have been conducted either by social media or emails. But whatever happened to the old days — where a handshake sealed the deal? As we evolve with technology, we lose a little piece of our true self — and the ability to communicate face to face.
Whether you’re a professional with a high-paying job, or a work-from-home mom, or an auto mechanic — there’s one thing that’s for sure. We all have a routine that we follow practically every day. You may leave your home in the morning and visit the local coffee shop to get your daily fix — usually with your head looking down into whatever mobile device you are carrying. You grab your coffee of choice and head out to conquer the day. But while you are ordering your coffee, you may not notice the line of customers behind you. These are the same types of people who are following their morning routines as well.
Because we are too focused on catching up on social media or responding to a text message — or even typing out a quick email — what we don’t notice is that one of those people who may be standing in line could change your life forever. Just like you, they are following their daily routine and because of the technology that allows us to be mobile anywhere we go, we don’t take a moment to connect face to face.
This is where a simple gesture of picking a random person from the line behind you and paying for their coffee could be a complete game changer for what’s to come. You have had no communication with these individuals and know nothing about who they are or what their professions may be. By buying a cup of coffee for someone, you force yourself to look up from your device and see a smiling face instead of an emoji. You interact with people you may not normally interact with. You offer a gesture that could be so profound to someone else that it literally could leave a lasting impression that forever connects you to that person.
We don’t know what’s going on in other people’s lives. We often are too wrapped up in our own situations and forget to show some interests or compassion in other people. Your simple gesture of buying a cup of coffee for someone could mean that you now open the door to expand your business you are working so hard to create. Or you could meet the person of your dreams — you fall in love and establish a long-term relationship. There are many types of people you could potentially run into if you stop and show a piece of your true self. We all have it within us to offer a kind gesture, but we tend to lose ourselves within technology. Learning to take a moment to stop and notice your surroundings could help you better connect with people, business and relationships.
Don’t be afraid of what other people will think, because after all, it’s a simple cup of coffee. And that small investment in someone could change their life as well as yours. Learn to pay it forward because the kind gesture you receive might be the very thing that sets you on a path of lifelong success.
Melissa King is a professional savings blogger from Savannah. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.