This week’s mission is inspired by the original pay-it-forward idea:
The “Leave a Penny/Take a Penny” tradition.
(And btw, who besides me was confused/intrigued by this concept as a kid? I was like, “You mean people can just take pennies? This is AMAZING!” It took me an embarrassingly long time to process and understand the gist.)
Anyway, so what if we set up all kinds of LEAVE A _____ / TAKE A ______ in shops around the world…?
Like at a bakery: LEAVE A CUPCAKE/TAKE A CUPCAKE.
At a flower shop: LEAVE A FLOWER/TAKE A FLOWER.
At a coffeehouse: LEAVE A CUP OF COFFEE/TAKE A CUP OF COFFEE
At a cafe: LEAVE A CUP OF SOUP/TAKE A CUP OF SOUP
And on like that. It would work basically the same way as the penny tray, only instead of tossing in coins, folks would pay the proprietor - and then toss a little piece of paper into the tray saying “Cupcake on me! Enjoy! signed, Steve” (or some such).
Conversely, folks who could really use a complimentary moment of joy would help themselves. Make sense? Easy enough?
Here’s how we make this happen:
In the comment section simply let me know if:
a) You own a shop of any kind and are interested in trying this out.
b) You’d be up for simply approaching your favorite local bakery or flower shop or coffeehouse (or whatever) about this idea as an official Mission Amy K.R. agent. You could use this blog post as our “brochure.” :)
If this mission gains some momentum, I will be happy to make up little decorative/descriptive cards that could sit out by the trays. How cool would it be if this became a “thing”?!