What Happened After Peet’s Today

I met some of my dearest colleagues for breakfast today, and after they had to skedaddle for some Problem Solving meeting, I decided I had time to stop at Peet’s Coffee. Because their ad for Vanilla Cardamom lattes worked its magic in my subconscious, and let me tell you: they are magical.

“We steep the cardamom in the milk,” the barista told me. “That’s what makes them so good.”

But that’s not what this post is about.

So then I went to pick up another matte red lipstick, as I’ve discovered Wet and Wild’s Stoplight Red is every bit as good (if not better) than MAC’s Ruby Woo, which, as I once heard described, is much like rubbing a rock over your lips.

But that’s not what this post is about, either.

Inside Wal Mart is one of the nicest men I know. He always smiles. He always says hello. He always has time to talk. He sits in his wheelchair and greets people. Really greets them.

“You must’ve gotten up early today,” I say. It is, after all, only a little bit past breakfast.

“I got here at 6:30!” he says, proudly.

“Well,” I say, “you’ve been blessing a lot of people since then.”

“What church do you go to?” he asks me then.

We discuss church for awhile, and other random things, and then as I turn to go I say what I always say before I say good-bye to people, “God bless you!”

And he says, “Let’s keep spreading His joy, all right?”

Let’s keep spreading His joy.

I was gobsmacked. Here is a man, early to his job at Wal Mart where he sits in a wheelchair because he can’t stand, or even move his arms very easily, and he says, “Let’s keep spreading His joy”?!

I know lots of able-bodied people who have no joy at all. None. Nothing to spread but gloom and a victim mentality.

But, this man? He has a lot to teach me.

He reminds me that joy isn’t dependent on circumstance, but attitude. And I want mine to be just like his.

7 thoughts on “What Happened After Peet’s Today”

  1. Wow wow wow! I know who you’re talking about and he’s got the secret. By the way is that stop light red or Ruby Woo on your thermal coffee topper?


    1. I need to find one of those buttons! I wear a smile, and that alone seems to help a lot of people. Does anyone talk to you about your button? I can see Be Kind flowing from your picture alone.


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