There was once a pizza delivery man named Adam.
Every shift, he would take the orders that he knew would gain him the highest tips.
One day, while making deliveries, Adam was asked to take a pizza to an address he had never been to.
When he arrived, Adam was disappointed. It was a small house with a tattered yard.
Adam knew he wouldn’t make a good tip at this house.
He knocked on the door and, when a man answered, he gave the man his small cheese pizza.
Just as Adam had expected, the man gave him only one dollar as a tip.
“I’m so sorry, this dollar is all I have,” said the man.
Adam was frustrated that he had driven so far out of his way for such a small tip, but what happened next surprised him.
The man turned around and called his children to the door.
“Hey, kids,” said the man,
“Do any of you have anything we can give to this nice man for bringing us our pizza?”
One by one, the man’s five children stepped forward and emptied their pockets.
The man handed Adam the change he had collected from his children.
Adam was overwhelmed by the generosity of this family.
When he got back to the restaurant, Adam made three large pizzas, two large orders of wings, and breadsticks.
He paid for the food himself, then took all of it to the house that he had just been to.
When the man opened his front door and saw that Adam had brought his family food, he burst into tears.
“I wish there was some way I could repay you for all of this!” said the man.
“No,” insisted Adam, “In fact…”
Adam reached into his pocket and pulled out the tip the family had given him.
He handed the dollar and change back to the man and said, “Keep the change.”
Money is not as important as happiness.
Giving is always more rewarding than taking.