Coffee & Conversation


“A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.”

What a treat – walking into a coffee shop on a side of town I’m not in very often, running into a friend who doesn’t live in that area either, and then having one of those random encouraging conversations that sticks with you. Except the conversation wasn’t with my friend.

She was there to see one of the two ladies working behind the counter at the coffee shop. Introductions were made and pleasantries exchanged. When I mentioned that I worked in journalism, the barista got a wistful look on her face and made a comment about how she had wanted to do that but had settled for a more lucrative route (journalism is one of the most fun things I get to do, but definitely not the highest paid).

And there’s the defining moment – do you let the comment slide, say “good luck with that” and walk out the door with your coffee? Or do you engage?

That time I engaged. I encouraged her to just try writing, offered to connect her with some people I know, and told her it’s never too late! I said you don’t want to wake up 10 years from now wishing the same thing – but that life will never change unless you do something different, something to make it change (you should have heard me, preaching in the coffee shop!). And she’s the one that gave me the quote I started out this story with, which is now one of my new favorites: “A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.”

Of course God came up in the conversation because, how can He not? I didn’t have a chance to pray with her because another customer came in, but I definitely left with a parting blessing (spoken words are so powerful) and prayed for her as I walked to my car. I don’t know when our paths will cross again, but I definitely look forward to seeing her byline one day.

“What if, instead of thinking we have to choose between our ordinary life and an extraordinary life, we began to realize they’re the same thing? What if we stopped asking God for big ways to serve Him and started walking with our friend Jesus into the next simple moment in front of us?” from Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman

Related plug: A completely different scenario, but similar conversation, helped give a former co-worker the impetus he needed to take a fledgling novel that was set to be a permanent computer file and turn it into a fully published work. Two years after we had talked and I had read samples and helped encourage him, I was at a totally different job and got an email out of the blue that he was now on Amazon! I’m still so proud of T.C. Hunter for going for it! Feel free to check out “Play Havoc” and support a new author.


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