“Can you check the balance?”
“Sure,” She said. “There’s a dollar sixty left on your card.”
“Thanks,” I said.
My normal reaction would be well that’s not enough for a full coffee purchase but I’ll apply it to my next one. This time, I had an idea. Sliding the card back to the gal, I said, “Would you apply the remaining balance to whomever is next in line at your drive-thru?” Her eyes and half-opened mouth gave away her confusion. But then she understood and repeated back to me my request, just to make sure.
She smiled and walked the card to the hostess at the window. I took a quick sip of my steaming coffee and walked to my car.
What happened next took me by surprise.
A feeling of happiness and exhilaration welled up inside me. What caused it? Was it the look on the Barista’s face? Was it the fact that I had finished yet another gift card? Maybe it was the kick of the caffeine. None of the above.
What caused my heart to race and changed my attitude for the rest of the day was that I gave something to someone without any hope of getting something back. Even though it was such a small amount, that’s how being a giver can change your attitude and your life! Imagine what could happen if I took giving seriously!
Winston Churchill said “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” I believe that to be true. Life is more than what you accumulate. Life is made rich by the free sharing of that which you have.
I’ve become addicted by using gift cards in this way. Several times since then, I’ve randomly paid for the person in line behind me with my gift card. Be a giver and your attitude in the moment and your perspective on life will change.
Try it. I dare you.