“Give me a double latte. Venti. Half pump vanilla. Soy. No foam. With whip. Extra hot. To go. And hurry it. I’m in a rush.”
This was the order the person before me placed at a coffee shop last week.
It was barked without the slightest acknowledgement of the young man taking the order.
The attitude that leads to orders like this, snapped out rudely at others, is on display in every corner of our society. This attitude stems from the pervasive belief that all we have is rightfully and permanently ours.
This entitlement mentality whispers to us that: This coffee, this day, this life, should be all about me. [Tweet this.]
That voice leads us to use others, use events, use baristas, use work, even use God, as minor stagehands and supportive actors in the great story of “Me.”
And yet, the consumption of this drink leaves us thirsty.
The assumption that it’s all about me, in a society and marketplace that promises so much, that allows us to have anything we want as quickly as we want it, also provides continual disappointments.
The baristas in our life will likely add too much, or too little vanilla. They’ll serve it too hot, or, oh no, too cold. The foam will be too whipped or missing entirely.
When life is all about us, we are certain to be continually disappointed. [Tweet this.]
Today, shift your expectations from what you “deserve” from this day, this relationship and this life into one that demands you ask: “What more can I do to pour myself into or others and elevate their lives today?”
My friends, by making this small shift in our thinking from what we “should be getting” to “what we could be sharing” will leave us all with just enough: coffee, love, kindness and everything in between.
Be ignited today for what you can give, not what you should receive. And I promise: you’ll receive more than you ever could have expected.
What is one thing you can give today? Please share in the comments below.