FIVE (5) lessons to make you think about
the way we treat people.
1. - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady
During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a
conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read
the last one:
"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was
some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was
tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class
ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz
"Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many
people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if
all you do is smile and say "hello."
I've never forgotten that lesson.
I also learned
her name was Dorothy.
2. - Second
Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain
One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on
the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car
had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided
to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally
unheard of in the conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped
her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him.
Seven days went by and a knock came on the
man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his
home. A special note was attached..
Thank you so
much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not
only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I
was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed
God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.
Mrs. Nat King Cole.
3. - Third
Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve.
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy
entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of
water in front of him.
"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled is hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.
"Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing
"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied
The little boy again counted his coins.
"I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put t he bill on the table and walked
away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the
waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There,
placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies..
You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to
leave her a tip.
4. - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid
himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the
king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around
it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none
did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching
the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to
the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally
succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a
purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many
gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the
person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what
many of us never understand!
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.
5. - Fifth
Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts...
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at hospital, I got to know a
little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her
only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year
old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had
developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained
the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be
willing to give his blood to his sister.
I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying,
"Yes I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay
in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color
returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.
He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start
to die right away".
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was
going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.