Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Cup of Coffee

I was going to preface this blog by stating that you might not quite get it if you don't drink coffee. And by "drink" I don't mean stop by Starbucks every blue moon and get a sugar-ladened, blended, milkshake tasting drink and call it coffee. I'm talking about die hards. People who probably prioritize their morning cup of joe right underneath oxygen. Or maybe above it. But when I thought about it a little longer I realized that this blog isn't really about coffee at all, even though it has a starring roll. I think it's about being a good neighbor, so to speak, and helping people when you can.

On Sunday I was rushing out my door on the way to church. Well… I was supposed to be on my way to church but I remembered that I promised I would drop off a bag at my training partners house before I went, so my rush was more about realizing I was going to be cutting it close for an on-time arrival at Church--which I happen to be a real stickler about. I pulled into her complex and hopped out of the car with the keys still in the ignition and was about to bound up the stairs when a lady called out to me from her balcony.

Lady: Can I ask you a favor?
Me: Sure.
Lady: Do you happen to have any coffee?
Me: I'm sorry, I don't.
Lady: Oh ok. Well thanks anyway.
Me: I really am so sorry. Believe me, I know how important coffee is. Is there any other way I can help you?
Lady: No. Thank you though.


I dropped off the bag and sped out of the parking lot and down the street. A few blocks later, I saw it. A place where I could buy the lady some coffee. I realized that isn't what she expected. She must've thought I lived in the complex and there would be a strong possibility that I had coffee inside my apartment. And she must've been out. And maybe she didn't have a car… or maybe she had a newborn baby sleeping inside and couldn't leave… or maybe she ran out of money for necessities like coffee until her next paycheck…I have no idea. All I know is that she asked me for coffee and so I stopped. I got the coffee, returned to the complex, woke up some other lady because I couldn't remember what apartment she had been in, and finally found my kindred spirit--the lady who needed her coffee in the morning.

She was far too thankful, incredibly gracious, and even had tears in her eyes. "Even though it may sound silly," she said, "it's things like this that remind you that there are incredibly kind people in the world." And I think that's when I realized it wasn't about coffee. What I did was absolutely no big deal. It took 2 minutes and cost me 2 bucks. But sometimes the result of what you do and how it affects others is far greater than what you actually did. I'm sure she was grateful for the coffee, but I think it mattered also that someone just cared enough to help. Period. I hope I can be that kind of person more often and even if you're late for church, I think God gives you a pass those times.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

are you sure you're my kid??? Wow.

Anonymous said...

You gave her back her hope...the hope that says there's still wonderful, kind, caring people in the world. Maybe something is coming in her life that will challenge her very core and God sent you in advance as a message that He is always with her and recognizes her needs....even if this time it was just coffee. How wonderful that God knew you were one of His followers that He could count on. Love you...Aunt S

Brittany said...

I love this!!
Laaawd get me a tissue.

TL Sumner said...

What a heartwarming story. Your generosity and caring spirit is inspiring. :)

KPjaveliner said...

I love this post and it makes me sad that I didn't hear this story at lunch or something. Miss you around here and hope you're doing well :).

Renee H. said...

This made me smile (as I sip on MY morning cup of coffee).

jan said...

You're awesome! What an amazing thing to do. I TOTALLY understand the need for coffee.

Leroy Jefferson Crockett said...

Can I have $2 too?

Brianna said...

thank you guys for your positive feedback! when i was writing it I was hoping like it didn't sound like I was trying to pat myself on the back for a good deed or something like that.

Anonymous said...

yes it did.

Anonymous said...

I see ya BRI!!!!!!
Bri ran at the Florida Relays this past weekend on a 400 relay. Still got them guns I see. Good stuff. You are enjoying the new team members too.
What is BoogieFast track club??????

Msasa Expo said...

BoogieFast Track Club?
Nice to read Ms. Glenn is sprinting, she is still a great athlete I would enjoy watching run.

Anonymous2 said...

Bri you looked good sprinting down the back stretch, hawked a few down. All the ladies in the race looked really good. I'm talking about the outfits now. Video is on FloTrack

Dexter said...

awwww..... Bri, if I weren't already in love, I would definitely be on bended knee for you