A simple message of kindness or a positive act can brighten up a person’s day, which is what one young woman in New Hampshire personally experienced when she was feeling very depressed on one occasion. She later shared that the Starbucks barista who wrote just one word for her left a very positive impact and made her day.
Bekah Georgy of Salem, Massachusetts, has been battling with anorexia for more than half of her life, and at times had suicidal thoughts occupying her mind. But, people usually do not know about her condition.
“When you look at me, you might assume I’m happy, bubbly, outgoing and full of life,” she wrote to The Mighty
“But you don’t really see the complete me. You wouldn’t know that behind this plastered smile is a girl who has broken and fallen to pieces. You wouldn’t know this girl had so much self-hate, she starved herself for over half her young life. Or that she’s tried to end her own life five times.”
In October 2015, Georgy was having a difficult day after a “horrible doctor’s appointment and a horrible therapy session”
“I was filled with hopelessness, and my suicidal thoughts were getting worse,” she recounted. “When my anorexia is bad sometimes coffee is the only thing I can drink.”
Georgy, who loves ballet and dogs, went to Starbucks and ordered a cup of iced coffee—a move she’ll probably never forget
When she received her drink from the barista, she noticed the barista had written the word “Smile!!” and he drew a little smiley face as well.
“When I read that word, I couldn’t help but smile, literally,” she recalled.
The letter, which Georgy wrote to The Mighty, was meant for the barista
In the letter, she also thanked him for “just going about your job,” and was “unaware that writing a minuscule word on my drink would change my day and possibly my life.”
“Maybe you wrote “smile” on my drink because you saw the feeding tube,” Georgy wrote
“Or maybe you could see past my fake smile because you’ve been where I am. Either way, I’m grateful. You didn’t have to make my order special. You could have treated me like another annoying customer. But you took that extra second to add some positivity to a life that’s been filled with so much negatively lately.”
It is not known if the barista saw Georgy’s letter, but he would definitely know beforehand that his simple act of kindness saved Georgy’s life. An act of kindness can go a long way.