ONE – One

By the time the book ONE was marked down from $10.95 to $4.99 at the Starbucks after-Christmas sale, I decided to buy it using my 30% discount which means it cost me a little over $3.  Frankly, we had a stack of these books left, so I guess it’s not worth $10.95, or even $4.99 to a lot of our customers to delve too deeply into their life’s purpose.

I bought the book as a hoot.  This is the kind of stuff I sometimes mock, especially when it’s sold in a Starbucks.  I figure it’s simply more of the hokey corporate, liberal, let’s-make-a-difference propaganda. 

For example, this past year Starbucks reconfigured their computer system so that a receipt isn’t automatically generated for every credit card sale.  The cashier is given the option of asking the customer whether or not they want their receipt.  Since the marjority of our customers don’t want a receipt we’re saving trees, right?

I refer to declining a receipt as “saving a leaf on a tree.”  Yesterday a customer laughed and said, “Yes, but look at the amount of cardboard in the box you’re giving me to house the one cupcake I bought.”  I agreed and then also noted his coffee is served in a paper cup with a cardboard sleeve.  You see where this is going.  It’s ridiculous propaganda that we care about the environment and the amount of paper we use and waste we generate.  Although we have started recycling milk jugs.  As with most endeavors, some effort is better than none.

Perhaps this book is printed on recycled paper?

ONE is filled with inspirational quotes and anecdotes about how one person can make a difference  Also included are questions for the reader to answer.  That’s why I bought it.  Because I find blogging a challenge and I’m always looking for something to spur my blogging juices.  Even if it’s something like this.

There’s a big heading a few pages in entitled “Ask Yourself:”

Followed by questions:  “Who Am I?”  “Why Am I Here?”  “What Am I Doing For Others?”

You think these’d be easy to answer wouldn’t you, if you’ve exceeded the half-century mark in your life and then some.

How do you answer “Who Am I?”

A female.  A U.S. citizen.  Married.  Mother of two.  Fiction writer.  Deep thinker.  Starbucks barista. 

At the moment, that’s all I can think of.  Does that tell you who I am?  Does it sum me up?

“Why Am I Here?”

Because God put me here.  That one was pretty easy.

“What Am I Doing For Others?”

Who knows?  You could be doing great things for others without even knowing it.  You really can’t gauge your impact on the people you come into contact with every day, even your own family members.  Take working at Starbucks for example.  It’s considered by many to be a lowly job.  But most people probably wouldn’t get that there’s more to working there than serving coffee.  It’s interaction.  Stopping into Starbucks is the highlight of some people’s day.  It might be the only interaction they have with another human being.  I might be the only person who smiles at them and asks how they are or listens to them for a few minutes.

I made my husband breakfast this morning.  There.  I did something for someone else. 

I think God puts you where he wants you to be and we all have the opportunity to minister to others wherever we are.  You don’t need a church or an altar.  A cup of coffee and a friendly greeting might suffice.

You could be ministering to someone every day and not even know it.