I really like inspirational stories too. They always make me tear up. I like that it really puts things in perspective how at first Stephenie describes being smug and then suddenly realizes that feeling that way is wrong since it's at someone else's expense. It's nice to know that there are people out there who do care for others.
It reminds me of a story that my husband told me when we were dating. Before he met me he went on a date with a girl and took her to Burger King for lunch. There was a homeless man outside begging for food. My husband and his date went inside and he quietly asked her if she minded if he bought some food for the man. She said okay. So my husband bought the homeless man a meal and brought it out to him. The man was very grateful and sat down to eat right away; obviously very hungry. A couple days later my husband called the girl to see if she wanted to go out again. She acted funny and told him 'no' because it made her uncomfortable when he bought the food for the homeless man; even though he had asked her first.
When I heard this story it really upset me that someone could be so selfish... but in the end I have to be glad that she turned him down for the second date. He wouldn't have been happy with someone like that and I ended up happily married to one of the most unselfish people I have ever met.