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 number of people living homeless.
Social Bite Sandwich Shop in Edinburgh is a key example of one of these inspirational shops. 1 in 4 members of the staff was formally homeless, offering suspended coffees and sandwiches, which those less fortunate can come in and claim. In Philadelphia, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza has walls decorated in post-it notes symbolizing free pizza slices for those who cannot afford to buy one.
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.”
It is these small acts of kindness that remind us of what is important in life and make us have faith in humanity. The men and women in our society can’t afford the things we can need to love too; they need kindness and motivation, just as we all do.
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.