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Default 5 important lessons

This has been around before but well worth a second or third read............


5 Lessons 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 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 p.m., an older
African American
woman
was standing on the side of an Alabama highway
trying to endure a lashing
rain
storm.
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 1960's. 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.


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 spirits. 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 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 impatient.

"Thirty-five cents," she replied.


The little boy
again counted his coins.

"I'll have the plain ice
cream," he 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
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
road way.
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 a
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.


Now you have 2
choices.


1 Delete this email,
or

2. Forward it to people you care about.

I hope that you will choose No. 2 and
remember.


Most importantly..................
"Work like you
don't
need the money, love like you've never been
hurt, and dance like you do when
nobody's watching."



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