It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of holidays at the end of the year. The core of the holidays is about giving to others. At times, this concept gets lost when trying to check everyone off your list. I know for me, just as soon as I finish my shopping for family and friends, I have given little thought to consider others that might be in need or could use a little generosity this holiday season. This year I made giving to others I don’t know a priority with the help of Frost Bank. By “Frosting It Forward” I was able to randomly surprise strangers with acts of kindness which in turn inspired them to keep the generosity going.
While visiting family in Austin over the weekend we found ourselves at my in-laws favorite BBQ restaurant. While there, I spotted a family of four dining. Their children looked to be around the same age as mine, with a toddler running around and another quietly coloring. I imagined that they might be in the same boat as Cameron and me with two little ones, trying to finish off the last little Christmas “to-do’s” and making sure everything is special and memorable for the kids.
I asked their waitress to give me their bill and gladly paid for the meal of the family. I was also able to give the couple each a $10 Frost Bank Visa card to “Frost It Forward” for someone else this holiday season. In meeting the family I learned that they were in town to see the trail of lights and that the mom was overwhelmed with lots of things on her list still to achieve. She was moved to tears by the little act of kindness and she and her husband were very excited to be able to surprise someone at random with their own act of generosity.
I have been a part of coffee shop drive through pay it forward trains before but this time, I wanted to be the one to start it! I gladly paid for the peppermint latte of person behind me and then parked my car to spread the love inside. At random I spoke to people about surprising others with acts of kindness and empowering them to do so by giving them a $10 Frost Bank Visa Card.
Acts of generosity aren’t always about grand gestures or giving to people who “look the part” of being in need. Through this I learned that we ALL need a break sometimes and that any little act of kindness can change the course of your day. I also learned that generosity is contagious. Frost Bank believes that acts of generosity inspire optimism emotionally, mentally, and financially in others. I was able to experience this first hand as I gave and it caught fire. As soon as I walked into Starbucks they let me know that the generosity was continuing from car to car!
Here are 5 Easy ways to be the start of something generous
- Pay for the coffee of someone behind you in the drive through.
- Surprise a teacher with school supplies mid-year.
- Give someone next to you at a gas station a gas card or pay for their gas.
- Pay for the groceries of the person in line behind you.
- Give a generous tip to a server.
Frost Bank would love to help you in your journey to generosity! Check out the Opt of Optimism website to learn more about how you can help spread generosity out in the world.