Morning Cup of Joe

Morning Cup of Joe – A Blessing for Joe

IMG_3529 Recently, on my way to the metro I passed a man asking for spare change. I told him I didn’t have any change but I would gladly get him something to eat if he would like. He happily obliged. Conveniently enough, we were standing in front of a 7-11 so in we went.

I asked him what he wanted and he said he only wanted coffee and a donut. With eyebrows raised and a surprised look on my face I asked him, “Is that all you want?” He bashfully responded “Yeah, that should do it.” I then asked him about what he planned to do later when he became hungry again. He looked at me a bit puzzled probably thinking that he doesn’t want to overstep any boundaries or overextend my generosity. Picking up on his non-verbal cues, I said, “why don’t you grab something for later.” He went back for a sandwich and a 2 liter orange soda. I took the liberty of throwing in a couple of bananas, trail mix and some chocolate chip cookies.

After we checked out, he smiled uncontrollably as if he had just won the lottery. I asked him his name, and he said “My name is Joe.” I was shocked that we shared the same name and in that instance I saw a little bit of myself in him. The fact that we shared the same name was proof to me that we were meant to connect. Before I departed, I asked him if we could take a picture so I can remember him, and he happily agreed. As I walked away, I remembered that I still had $10 from a cash-back transaction at CVS earlier that morning. I quickly turned around and walked back towards Joe. As I approached him, I handed the money over to him and said, “This is for later. Just in case.” With his eyes starting to well up with tears, he softly said, “Thank you.” I quickly responded, “No. Thank you and God bless you.”

There are 3 primary groups impacted by an act of generosity. The obvious one is the beneficiary of the generous act or deed. The person who receives a gift clearly benefits. Second is the gift-giver; it feels good to be able to provide for someone else especially when you do not expect anything in return. Thirdly are the witnesses to the good deed. Witnessing a good act or deed has close to the same effect as being the recipient. All in all, it feels good to give and good to receive.

When you respond to a need with generosity, you feel good. When you feel good, you feel God. Helping others is as close to God as you can get. In fact, what you have is meant to be shared not hoarded or locked away for safe-keeping. You are blessed for the purpose of blessing others. Who are we to walk past God’s children and not feed them when they are hungry, clothe them when they are cold or provide shelter to the homeless? What other reason are you here on earth if not to serve others?

Meeting Joe reminded me that underneath the surface, a human being still exists. I experienced homelessness in my teens and I wished more people would have come to my aid. When you see a homeless person asking for help, help them if you can. $10 to a working man is like $100 to a homeless man.

There are no chance encounters. We meet people we were meant to meet, just remember to be a blessing to everyone. If you want to be continuously blessed start by being a blessing to others.

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Joe Paul

Joe Paul is an American author, life coach and keynote speaker.

Morning Cup of Joe – Who Can You Trust?

One of the greatest barriers to success is placing your trust in someone else’s opinions about what you should do with your life. People will always have opinions and most will share even of it’s unsolicited. At all times maintain the understanding that your opinion of yourself is the only opinion that matters. Often we seek the advice and guidance of others to help direct our path, this can be dangerous; you are the answer to your problems. One of the most important factors to experiencing wild success is trusting yourself.

Growing up my mother would always say that she wanted me to be a doctor. This goal wasn’t far-fetched nor unreachable but it wasn’t my goal. It wasn’t a future I envisioned for myself. Now don’t get me wrong, I had no idea that I would become a speaker and trainer either. My goal has always been to change the world around me but to change it my way.

We talk ourselves out of blessings simply because we don’t trust ourselves enough. Every decision we make leads us closer to our predestined fate. Everyone is equipped with intuition, trust yours.

You have to live with every decision you make which is why it’s critically important that you trust yourself and trust the fact that the decisions you make are the right ones for you. I’m not saying to not seek out advice; it is wise to seek counsel from those who are wise. I’m just saying to trust yourself a little more. You may not even need the advice. The answer you seek is within you.

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Joe Paul


Morning Cup of Joe – Born To Die

As I sat on the tourist filled train patiently yet eagerly awaiting my stop, I put my book down and took a moment to inspect my surroundings to see who my temporary neighbors were. To my immediate left a new couple embrace as they lovingly stare into each others eyes. Behind them an elderly man focuses intently on the stories of the day written in a semi-crumpled newspaper someone left behind as an unruly and clearly unsupervised child raced up and down the center isle of the pod.

Sitting directly across from me is a man, seemingly tired from a long days work as he unsuccessfully attempts to take a quick nap before he reaches his final destination. His weathered uniform with dusted flour stains and slightly worn cap deduced that he must be a line cook at a restaurant. What stood out most about this man was an abnormally large tattoo scribed from to the top of his forearm all the way down to where his wristwatch would normally go in a dark green hue that read “Born To Die.”

As I looked momentarily trying to avoid being caught staring, I started to wonder why anyone would get a permanent reminder of something so dreadful and uninspiring? I started to think about what his life-experiences must have been to motivate him to get this “message” tattooed on himself. How bad does life get for you to think and even believe that you were in fact born to die?

While death is a guaranteed experience that we all grudgingly yet inevitably share, I am not entirely convinced that it is something we should remind ourselves of daily. Our focus should remain on maximizing the beauty, opportunities and blessings each day presents. I truly believe that our thoughts have the incredible power to become things. I also believe that there is an immeasurable amount of power in the written word and the message you continue to drill into your head.

You create the reality in which you exist. If you want the best life has to offer, you must first believe that you deserve it then go and create it. The world has the potential to give you constant reminders that you simply dont measure up. Dont allow a third party to run your private corporation! In other words, OWN YOUR DESTINY!

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Joe Paul


Joe Paul is an author, speaker and coach.