My title might make you think that I am going to discuss the subject of fair trade coffee, or maybe share an update about the coffee trees that were recently planted in Jamaica by JACOM, an organization financially supported in part by Growing Hope. But, alas, I am not going to talk about either of those things. So, how do we change the world with coffee? Well, the impetus for the title of this blog was inspired by a memo that was sent from Starbucks (Coffee) CEO Howard Schultz to his thousands of employees. (No, I don’t work for Starbucks. The memo was made public.) The memo was sent in the wake of the recent stock market turmoil. The memo encouraged Starbucks workers to bear in mind that many of their customers will likely be on edge on account of this turmoil and the workers were to treat them with an extra measure of care and understanding. Wow.
Translate that to our own lives. Think what the world would look like if our first thought when we encountered anyone in our daily living was, “remember, they may be going through a struggle right now; treat them with an extra measure of care and understanding.”
Do you want to change the world? Do you have your sights set on making a powerful and lasting impact? It’ll come if that’s what you are striving for. But, if you are going to be truly effective and successful in the most important way, your starting point ought to be trying to understand the deepest needs of others, needs which might be different than you think by simply looking from the outside. It needs to start with genuine concern and compassion.
That’s how we can change the world with coffee.
Have a great day, my friends!