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One Cup of Coffee From the Wall, Please #WednesdayWisdom

one cup of coffee from the wall, please! #WednesdayWisdom #KIndness

A man and his friend were in a coffee shop in beautiful Venice, Italy.

As they sipped their coffee in a leisurely manner, they saw a man enter the café and sit at the table next to theirs. He beckoned to the waiter and said, “Two cups of coffee, please. One of them there on the wall.”

Somewhat intrigued, the man and his friend watched as the waiter served him one cup of coffee and was paid for two. After he had the coffee and left, the waiter walked over to the large wall and stuck a note there that said, “A cup of coffee.”

Puzzled, the man and his friend finished their coffee, paid for it and went on their way.

A few days passed and they happened to visit the coffee shop again. They ordered their coffee and while they were enjoying it, they saw a poor man walk in. He took a seat and requested the waiter, “One cup of coffee from the wall, please.”

The waiter brought him his coffee. The man enjoyed it and left, without paying.

The man and his friend found this really interesting and as they watched, the waiter walked to the wall, took off one of the notes and scrunched it, and threw it into the trash can.

Suddenly it dawned on the two customers that this was the town’s community’s unique way of being kind to those who could not afford to pay for their coffee.  Touched and somewhat tearful, they left, their hearts full.

Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting. One cup of coffee from the wall, please! #WednesdayWisdom #Kindness #Compassion

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Just imagine! A poor person could walk into the coffee shop without feeling embarrassed—simply because someone had been compassionate enough to pay for his cup of coffee. He had no idea who it was, and he didn’t need to feel bad about it. All he had to do was look at the wall, place his order, enjoy his coffee and walk out with dignity.

What a beautiful gesture by the community. What a wonderful tradition!

And perhaps, the most beautiful wall in the world, eh?

Why not treat someone to a cup of coffee or a meal today?

#WednesdayWisdom is a series with short bursts of easy-to-consume wisdom in the form of stories, quotes, anecdotes, and humor.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Ryan Biddulph
    May 10, 2018 at 3:47 am

    Generosity rocks Vidya!

    RB

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    Vinay Kumar Satyanarayan
    May 10, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Heart warming cup of coffee….

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    Rajlakshmi
    May 10, 2018 at 7:46 am

    What a Heartwarming story Vidya… And the quote at the end is so beautiful and meaningful. Kindness is a virtue that we all need to have.

  • Reply
    Nabanita Dhar
    May 10, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Beautiful and so thoughtful
    Such gems you always share, Vidya 🙂

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    Debbie D.
    May 10, 2018 at 11:07 am

    What a lovely idea! A little kindness goes a long way. ♥

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    Soumya
    May 10, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I’ve read this before and it still continues to warm my heart! Nothing like kindness to give back.

    You always share the best stories of wisdom. You are one hot wisdom pot, aren’t you?

    Love you loads!

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      May 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      This is one of my favorite stories! And that too coffee! Yum on all counts!

      Thank you Soumya! Hugs!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…You and Your Problems

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    Shalzmojo
    May 12, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Its an awesome gesture for sure; feeding someone food as they cant afford it has got to be the biggest good deed in my books! 🙂

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    Shilpa Nairy
    May 14, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Its a really wonderful tradition!! I love your Wednesday wisdom posts Vidya. You share such a lovely stories!

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    Prakash Gohel
    June 16, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    A wonderful coffee mug also added extra taste if you are a coffee lovers thn you try to buy a design mug, I love to have my cup of coffee every morning with a dash of milk

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