I’m currently sitting at Starbucks and thought I’d share a few thoughts with you. You’ll be happy to know I successfully transitioned from my spot on the patio to a table inside WITHOUT CAUSING A RUCKUS. Maybe for the first time ever.
Thanks be to God.
In case you missed the little mishap I had at Starbucks a few weeks ago (or read it and just want to laugh at my poor luck again), read below:
May 17 at 12:44PM (feel free to like my Facebook page if you haven’t already!)
JUST NOW, I was sitting outside at Starbucks and it started sprinkling. To be completely honest, I don’t know why I was even outside in the first place. It’s humid and my hair is reaching the heavens.
ANYWAY, when it started sprinkling, I decided to take myself inside.
Rather than putting everything in my backpack, I decided to carry it all inside. For some reason, in that moment, the thought of packing and unpacking my things disturbed me beyond comprehension. However, due to the events that followed, I will never not put my things in my backpack when moving seating locations ever again for as long as I live.
Mark my words.
I put my backpack on and gathered into my hands my calendar, computer, computer case, pencil, highlighter, water bottle, and phone.
While pushing in my chair, I noticed the chair next to me needed to be pushed in as well.
I took a few steps to my left, pushed the chair in, and began walking away only for my body to be jerked backwards in that direction.
The strap on my computer case was hooked on the chair (because why should I ever have a normal experience?).
Because my hands were full and I was too lazy to set my things down (BIG MISTAKE), I leaned/swayed/shimmied/did a little jig with the upper half of my body trying to unhook the strap from the chair.
I couldn’t see past the pile of things in my hand and just assumed the strap was no longer caught because this maneuver had been done so dramatically and passionately (BIG MISTAKE).
I began walking away only to get jerked back, nearly to the ground.
Because I refuse to back down from a challenge, I repeated the process again while also trying not to drop anything.
This procedure happened not once more, but TWO MORE TIMES.
THREE TIMES, I leaned, swayed, shimmied, and did a little jig with the upper half of my body trying to unhook my computer case strap only to be yanked back into the pits of my transgression.
I’d like to say I maintained my composure and didn’t drop anything, but both my phone and highlighter went flying after my third attempt to free myself.
All I could do was laugh and curtsey for the unintentional show I just put on for the people watching me through the window.
If you ever find yourself in a similar situation (whether it be at Starbucks or elsewhere), pack your things up. Do not try to boogie-woogie your way out of it. Those moves may have worked at Dottie Hunt Studio and in Zumba class your freshman year of college, but they do not work on a computer case strap that has a mind of its own.
A Few Thoughts I Had While Sitting at Starbucks
1. I love watching people’s faces light up when they see the person they’re waiting for walk through the door.
It makes me feel warm and happy. I know that feeling well and there is no greater joy. Whether it be family or friends, I believe some of God’s greatest and most beautiful blessings take place through the interactions between two people.
In fact, some of you who are reading this are the very people who make me grin from ear to ear. No doubt, I’d wrap both arms around you and give you the biggest bear hug because you are my people. In some way or another, you have left this shiny place in my heart that was much duller before I knew you. Whether we talk every day or a few times a year, I am so appreciative of the impact you’ve had on my life.
“The people who make you smile from just seeing them…those are my favorite people.” ―Koi Fresco
Are you thinking of your own people now?
There’s just something about being united with the people you love. It makes the world go round. It surely does.
In this moment, I’m extra thankful for the people in my life whose presence brings me the utmost joy. Some of you I don’t see near enough, but you are always in my heart and on my mind.
Hug your people extra tight today. Let them see and feel your love for them. May they see in the light of your eyes and hear in the sound of your voice the gratitude you have for their friendship.
Don’t ever underestimate the impact you have on a person’s life. Your presence can mean so much in a world that values face-to-face interaction so little.
If you have just a handful of people in your life who cause your face to light up when you see them walk through that door, you are deeply, truly, incomparably blessed.
2. The quote on my coffee cup sleeve says, “This dream is a foundation for my kids. I hope I’ve inspired my sons to realize that you can always reach your dreams.”
What a wonderful thing to read as I sit and work towards my own dreams. I’m tearing up as I right this.
I know, I know…GET IT TOGETHER, KRISTIN!!!
I can’t and I won’t, you guys. I’M SORRY.
If you know me at all, you know dreams are my weak spot. Aside from a relationship with Christ, my biggest longing for you is that you follow the dreams God has placed in your heart and discover His purpose for your life.
I look at this coffee cup sleeve and think, “Somebody believed in her. Somebody gave this woman a chance. They encouraged her and they inspired her…and now she’s doing that for someone else.”
I feel I relate a lot to Diane, Starbucks barista and ASU senior.
I hope by pursuing my own dreams, I’m inspiring and encouraging others to do the same. I’m not sure why this is one of my greatest passions, but I know it was given to me for a reason and I hope I’m honoring the stewardship.
By pursuing our own God-given dreams, we are laying the foundation for others to go and do likewise.
Are you thinking of your dreams right now?
It may be your kids, or your students, or your friends and family. It could even be a stranger.
Somebody, somewhere, is being guided towards the abundant life God has waiting for them by witnessing your faithfulness and obedience.
I believe our dreams (when they are truly God-given) are reachable in His way, and in His time.
They may not look anything like we had in mind, but they will be good and fulfilling and satisfying because they are His dreams for us.
There is absolutely nothing He cannot do.
If you’re not already following your dreams, I pray you take a step towards them today. No matter how teensy-teensy that step may be. Life is too short to live in fear of failure. Dare to dream big with God. Be an inspiration to those around you. Believe in yourself and believe in the God who literally spoke the entire universe into existence.