Kindness Multiplied


Regular readers will know that I believe it’s important to look outside of ourselves.  You see, one of the challenges with controlling Diabetes we are always thinking about “I” or “me.”  And, you know what?  There are a whole lot of people out there who just need a touch of kindness to boost their spirits, warm their heart, and who knows what might happen?

I came across this story on CNN a couple of days ago about a young woman, Alyssa, who made a date with her mother to buy her a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Between the time they talked and the time they were supposed to meet, Alyssa died from a seizure.  In her memory, her parents went to the local Starbucks and paid for the next 40 Pumpkin Spice Lattes for complete strangers.  On the cardboard cup holders they put Alyssa’s initials – AJO.  You can read CNN’s article here – makes for great reading.  And, there’s another great article here.

The internet took over and now AJO has spread across the country.  It is such a heart warming story that in the middle of the deepest grief a parent can have, they did a kindness for strangers.  What an example for the rest of us.

I will surprise you and not pound it into the ground, except to ask a simple question: What can you do for another expecting nothing in return?  It does not have to be big – small, unexpected kindnesses are sometimes the best.

Look outside of yourself and your Diabetes to discover others.  And, in the looking, you may just find that winning your War On Diabetes gets easier.

This is a video posted on YouTube about Alyssa…it will give you insight into a lovely young woman.

As always, thank you for reading.


I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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One comment on “Kindness Multiplied
  1. beetleypete says:

    Nice story Phil. I do volunteering, to try to redress ‘the balance’ of retirement.
    Regards from England as always, Pete.

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