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|06/05/01 at 19:55:47|
this was fwd to me, thought it was intereting enough to share:
1 - Most Important Lesson
During my second month of nursing school, 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 PM, 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
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
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 young boy sat down at
the counter. 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 his 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 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 the bill
on the table walked away. The boy finished
the ice cream 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 a
hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz
who was suffering from a rare and 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.
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