5 Important lessons

Five lessons to make you think about the way we treat
** 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
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
quiz grade. "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
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 those 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
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. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting
me on the highway
the other night. The rain drenched not only my
clothes, but also my
Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to
make it to my dying
husband's bedside just before he passed away. God
bless you for helping
me and unselfishly serving others."
Sincerely, 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
water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream
sundae?" he asked. "Fifty
cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled
his hand out of his
pocket and studied the coins in it. "Well, how much
is a plain dish of
cream?" he inquired. By now more people were waiting
for a table and the
waitress was growing impatient. "Thirty-five cents,"
she brusquely
The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have
the plain ice cream,"
said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the
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
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
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,
none did anything about getting the stone out of the
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
succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of
vegetables, he
noticed a purse laying 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 a
hospital, I got to
know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a
rare and serious
Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood
transfusion from her
five year old brother, who had miraculously survived
the same disease and
developed the antibodies needed to combat the
illness. The doctor
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
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


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I got that in an email, I thought it was Beauuuuuuuutiful, but I accidently deleted it. Thanks so much for posting it again Una!! xxxx