There is an inspiring trend emerging in coffee shops and cafes across the country, and it is restoring my faith in humanity.
Paying it forward is a new idea that has developed in cafes around the world, and its concept is very simple.
You simply pay for the next person’s food or drink so that they get a free meal or drink. In some cafes the concept of paying it forward has evolved into a scheme to help the homeless, offering free warm meals, drinks, and some offer schemes for jobs and skills. Schemes such as this have made a huge difference in helping the homeless get off the streets and develop skills, get jobs and homes, and ultimately help to lower the numbers of people living homelessly.
The concept was born in Italy with ‘suspended coffees’ and has grown into a worldwide phenomenon that just goes to show how kind and caring we humans can be.
It’s not just cafes and coffee shops, however, there are stories all over the Internet of men and women buying food for those who can’t afford it, showing kindness to people in their hour of need. One example of this is a Facebook status that went viral across the Internet.
A man bought a McDonald’s meal for a woman, who could only afford to feed her son, and went to great lengths not to let her know who did it. What’s even more heartwarming about this story is the note he wrote her with the words:
“Keep your head up and keep pushing forward. You can. You will.”
The pay it forward phenomenon has proven that we are all capable of great acts of kindness, even if they seem small. What’s small to you can be huge to someone else.
Here is the note. Read it on the next page and it will surely restore your faith in humanity too!