The little things

#coffeeincarcircle

Enjoyed a fantastic cup of coffee this morning, delivered during car circle straight to my window by volunteers with my daughter's PTA! #grateful

Enjoyed a fantastic cup of coffee this morning, delivered during car circle straight to my window by volunteers with my daughter's PTA! #grateful

We're taught through faith that little things are important.

As Jews we are taught to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with G_d. Inviting friends — and even strangers — for Shabbat or Passover celebration is a mitzvah. Especially on Shabbat, we are to be open to moments of wonder and soulful encounter.

My Christian friends have shared their personal and congregation coordinated efforts to create random-acts-of-kindness events.  

I was even the beneficiary of a random act of kindness once. It wasn't long after I'd returned to teaching I found myself stranded in the Starbucks drive they line during the morning rush to work. 

I say stranded because my SUV died just a car length from the drive thru speaker, mostly blocking the way to the window.

And I admit, I panicked. Leaving my natural and predominate tendency to brush things off behind, I freaked out. 

I was rescued by a Starbucks employee who came out and helped me push my vehicle from the path of oncoming coffee drinkers while I waited for the tow truck.

And while I was waiting, wiping sweat from my brow and trying not to cry, a woman brought me a $5 Starbucks gift card on her way out. 

"I hope you have a better day going forward," she said. 

I thanked her - a bunch. And I cried. 

And I beat myself up a little for thinking my troubles were actually serious enough to warrant such worry. 

After all, I was grateful to have a car and a job and extra obey to buy coffee, which is a luxury.

 I was reminded.