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Article written by Boris Bozic on the 02 Aug 2013 in Canada,Family,Personal,Travel

Well, not really. I think I would rather watch eight hours of Degrassi reruns in a row than go fishing. My family, friends and acquaintances who enjoy fishing are rolling their eyes right now and thinking: “this coming from a guy who spends hour after hour trying to get a little white ball to fall into a ridiculously small hole. And all the while offering profanity-laced commentary.” To that I say, whatever! My aversion to fishing is that it’s too exhausting. You’ve got to cast the line, open a beer and take a seat. Whew! I’m fatigued just thinking about it.

 Not many can afford to drop $825 worth of coffee on total strangers but one cup of coffee every now and then? I think so. 

All kidding aside, I’m off for a family vacation for the next couple of weeks and I actually might go deep sea fishing. We’ll see. Therefore, blog posts may come sporadically or not at all over the next couple of weeks. It will all depend on whether something funny as hell happens while we’re on vacation. Which usually happens in our family.

I thought a fitting way to end the week was to comment on a recent phenomenon happening here in Ontario. Not sure if it’s making its way to other parts of the country but I hope it does. It’s about random acts of kindness and by all accounts, it appears to have started in Ottawa. For some reason it all centers around coffee. Last week a man walks into a Tim Horton’s coffee shop in Toronto and asks the cashier how much would it cost to buy 500 medium cups of coffee. The response was $825. He pulls out his wallet, plunks down $825 and says “I’m buying the next 500 cups of coffee.” He then walks out of the coffee shop without giving his name and he didn’t bother to wait for the people standing in line behind him to say thank you.

More of these stories are coming to light and I think it’s so cool. Not many can afford to drop $825 worth of coffee on total strangers but one cup of coffee every now and then? I think so. But what is really cool is how these random acts of kindness generate stories. The recipients of the free coffee will tell at least one person about what happened to them that day. How many of us can say that we did something so selfless and kind that at least 1000 people are talking about it? So I tried it this morning, on a very small scale. Every street in downtown Toronto is being dug up, resulting in brutal traffic congestion. I work at the corner of Bay and Richmond and a portion of Richmond is closed due to road work. There are two police officers monitoring the intersection and as I walked by them today I said, “gent’s, I’m just on my way to Tim’s, can I get you a coffee?” The police officers were most gracious but declined. And I walked away feeling a little better because I made the gesture and I also know that I just created 4 new stories about simple kindness.

Until next time,



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Great post for a rainy west coast morning! One should never under estimate the impact of such out of the blue thoughtful gestures. My brother Jason does a few things every Christmas that always warms my heart. He goes to a certain grocery in an area which most locals would consider ‘the ghetto’ of Victoria buys 20 big turkeys and hands them out randomly to families who are shopping. He also cruises the same store, picks out a family (his criteria… a mother or father with screaming children, who seem exhausted and overwhelmed) then waits for them at the till and pays for their entire groceries. He doesn’t care if the recipient can afford it or not, he just wants to make someone’s day. Last year the lady he bought groceries for completely broke down crying. After paying for her groceries he took her and her two kids to the coffee shop next door and had a really nice chat. She told him nobody had ever done anything like this for her, that she would never forget him and promised to do the same for someone else one day. Paying it forward! I just love what he does and am going to come up with my own ‘paying it forward traditions’ as well.

Have a fantastic holiday.

Dawn Maracle @Twitter ID Website Reply

Love the random act of kindness – i paid for the person`s coffee behind me at Tim Horton`s too. Keep paying it forward…on any scale!

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