Exponential Returns

Meridian, Idaho

Ever wonder how your random acts of kindness continue to ripple through other’s lives?

I think all of our acts of kindness ripple exponentially through time. Here’s a great story showing exactly that!

From SunnySkyz.com:

A Waitress’s Kind Act Moved These Tired Firefighters To Tears

July 25, 2015

After a long night on the job, New Jersey firefighters Paul Hullings and Tim Young stopped at a diner looking for a hot meal. What they got was much more.

It was in the middle of the night, so Young and Hillings started talking to their waitress, Liz Woodward. After learning that they spent his night putting out a massive warehouse fire in North Brunswick – she decided to pick up the $15 tab.

“I started tearing up and it made me feel good – us firefighters are wanted, people care about us,” he told the local news outlet.


But that’s not where this story ends. Her simple but generous act inspired the firefighters to pay it forward.

After they learned that Woodward is trying to raise money for her quadriplegic father, who is in need of a wheelchair-accessible van, both Young and Hullings decided to help out.


Hullings said they will do whatever they can to help, including holding a fundraiser.

(Read more about the fund rasier…)

6 thoughts on “Exponential Returns”

    1. I’ve probably told you this story before, Lorraine, but here’s one time I did close to what the waitress did:

      It was two days before Thanksgiving, and I was holiday meal shopping at the Winco in Reno which was a hour’s drive for me. The woman in front of me was shopping for her holiday meal, too. She got ready to pay and realized that she had forgotten her food stamps. She said that she’d have to run home to get them. I said, “I’ll pay for your food. Happy Thanksgiving!” Long story short, all three of us (shopper, me, and the clerk) were crying by the end of our exchange. And it was a Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

    1. And they all touch our lives even though they might not even know it… 🙂

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