|The book and the coffee. And oh, notice my shoes.|
This week, I received free hugs from strangers.
I received a huge discount on a book I've bought in a thrift shop.
I received extra allowance from my father for some assignments I've rendered.
I received remunerations for a job I was even willing to do for free.
I won money from a scratch card I've bought from a Lotto outlet using a five cent coin that came from a tip jar in a certain coffee shop.
On my way home last Saturday, after a long day of photo walking at Quezon City Circle with my friend, I decided to pass by Cubao Expo to unwind. But the thought of getting my self beer did not appeal to me, I was more interested to read the new book I had just bought.
A certain coffee shop caught my attention. Its ambiance was like an exhibit place for photography enthusiasts. Looking around the shop, it seemed there were very little pictures on display. I entered the coffee shop and ordered a cup of coffee. (They only serve coffee and tea.)
After finishing my coffee and reading a few chapters of my book, I searched for the tip box, but there was none to be found. What I found instead, was a little jar on the far corner of the bar which has "Feeling Tipsy?" written on it.
I asked the barista what the jar was for and whether it was a tip jar. She said smilingly as if embarrassed, "Wala yan sir." and proceeded to attempt to hide the jar. I told her, "miss wait, puwede ba akin nalang to?" I asked if can have the five cents inside the jar. She said yes.
I took it as a "sign."
I reached for my wallet and put in the jar the biggest tip I've ever given for a cup of coffee.
The barista was very surprised. For a second, she thought as if it was a scene for Wow Mali.
I told her, "That's for you. The coffee was great, thank you. Good job!"
She said, "thank you sir." with all smiles.
I left the coffee shop learning the true meaning of the old maxim:
It's better to give, than to receive."
Acts of sharing, giving, serving others, passing it forward, and gratitude uplift the soul and enrich the spirit.