The Most Important Decision to Make In Life

But first, a story to warm the soul

Andy Murphy
4 min readJun 15, 2024
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I recently came across a true story written by a woman named Pam Kearney. She was sharing about the impact of a tiny, seemingly inconsequential action that left a big mark in her own life.

Here is what she had to say:

“I visited Matthew, the owner of Lucy’s Flour Shop a little while back. As I nibbled on an enormous chocolate chip cookie I began to tell him a story.

A few years back on a bitterly cold December evening, there was a visitation at the funeral home across the street from his bakery.​

The people, bundled up in coats, scarves, and blankets were lined up around the building waiting to hug the family of the deceased.​

Seemingly out of nowhere, a man showed up and began giving away hot coffee to the people outside. People who entered the funeral home with coffee in their hands whispered of a mysterious man handing out free coffee, and how much they appreciated it.​

I looked at Matthew and said, “I have a suspicion that you were that man. Is that right?”​

Matthew very humbly replied, “Yes, I felt so bad for them and wanted to do something, but all I could do was make coffee, so I made coffee.”