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A Letter to the Starbucks Barista Who Changed My Life with a “Smile”

Our words have power. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Proverbs 18:21 NKJV. That’s a great truth that not all people care to know and think. From The Mighty post, Bekah Georgy experienced it herself from a Starbucks barista who happened to attend to her on that one blessed day. She then writes:

Dear Barista,

You didn’t know me, and you didn’t know my story. Most importantly, you probably didn’t know writing the simple word “smile” on my order would change my day for the better. When you look at me, you might assume I’m happy, bubbly, outgoing and full of life. But you don’t really see the complete me.

You wouldn’t know this girl had so much self-hate, she starved herself for over half her young life. Or that she’s tried to end her own life five times. I’m guessing you didn’t know these past few weeks, and that day particularly had been extremely hard. You were just going about your job, unaware that writing a minuscule word on my drink would change my day and possibly my life.

Maybe you wrote “smile” on my drink because you saw the feeding tube. Or maybe you could see past my fake smile because you’ve been where I am. Either way, I’m grateful. You didn’t have to make my order special. You could have treated me like another annoying customer. But you took that extra second to add some positivity to a life that’s been filled with so much negativity lately.

I was filled with hopelessness, and my suicidal thoughts were getting worse. If I hadn’t encountered that cup, I could have done more damage to myself that night. When I read that word, I couldn’t help but smile, literally. A simple act of kindness can mean the world to someone. It can provide hope for the hopeless.

Bekah goes on to say that she would always smile, but behind that smile hides her deep struggles, depression, and hopelessness.

We often see different kinds of people every day, but we don’t really know the issues that are going on in their lives. We can wear a smile but feel broken inside. Bekah is suffering from anorexia, that she finds it hard to get something into her stomach, even coffee.

But on that particular day, after her appointment with her doctor, Bekah went for a sip of coffee at Starbucks. The barista that served her had no idea of what was really happening in her life. But with just a simple word “smile” written on her cup, Bekah’s heavy burden seemed to lighten, and her gloomy feeling seemed to dissipate. One simple word made a great impact on her life.

Like that barista, we should always try to make it a practice to be nice to people and impart positivity and goodness to everyone. Who knows, you might give hope and strength to someone who needs it without you even knowing it.

Bekah continues to share her story to all, so as to make people know that they too can be instruments of hope and happiness to those who are suffering.

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