On this particular day I was purchasing cupcakes and I really wanted to complete the card. With this particular company I have always handed my completed card back to the employee and asked them to pay it forward to a random customer later in the day. Surprise someone with a free cupcake! I even purchased an extra cupcake so that I would spend enough to fill out that stamp card. Nothing wrong with an extra cupcake right?
Due to a misunderstanding on my part I did not get enough stamps to fill out my card and pay it forward that day. I was bummed. Super bummed.
One the way home that evening I was telling Troy about how I tried to do a good deed and failed. I went on and on about how depressing it was to not be able to pass over that filled stamp card for a free cupcake. And on top of that I had spent extra money on a cupcake - money I didn't need to spend. I'm pretty sure all he heard was "extra cupcake". Where was that extra cupcake I bought because he was hungry and a jumbo sugar rush sounded perfect to him.
Extra cupcake? I had given it away. Someone at work was having a bad day and I invited them to a "cupcake break". Let's eat a lot of sugar and forget about work for a few minutes.
And then my brilliant husband says, "so you spent the whole day upset that you didn't get to give away a FREE cupcake, but you had no trouble giving away the one you paid for? Do you really not see what happened there?"
I was so busy throwing myself a pity party that I didn't even realize what had happened. Because I had misunderstood the stamp policy I had purchased an extra cupcake...one that I didn't need. Because I had a cupcake I didn't need (not that I ever NEED a cupcake) I was able to turn someones day around.
Perhaps God knew my random act of kindness needed to not be quite so random that day.