The final straw

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying ‘The straw that broke the camel’s back’ – Wikipedia describes this as “alluding to the proverb “it is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back”, [ie.] the seemingly minor or routine action which causes an unpredictably large and sudden reaction, because of the cumulative effect of small actions.”

Or, ‘the last straw’ described by the Cambridge Dictionary as “the last in a series of unpleasant events that finally makes you feel that you cannot continue to accept a bad situation:”

This all sounds as though I’m building up to a terrible story, right? But no. I want to share the joys of thoughtfulness.

Throughout this year I’ve treat myself to a mocha once a week, at most. And I’d pick up or ask for a straw and put it in the sippy top of the take away cup.

However, in the past few weeks, each time I go get a mocha, from several different cafes, they all automatically put a straw in for me.

This small act is so thoughtful that I find myself turning into a mushy git spouting many thankful phrases. And they just smile and say, ‘No problem.’

The last straw made me smile!

In the scheme of things it’s not about the straw, it’s about a thoughtful act. Even though very small, it really makes my day.


Share some simple thoughtful acts that you’ve experienced!

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