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Five lessons about the way we treat people

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Soapweed

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This came in an e-mail, and is worth passing along.

Five (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 50's, 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 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 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 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.






Most importantly.... Live with no regrets, Treat people the way you want to be treated,
Work like you don't need the money,
Love like you've never been hurt, and
Dance like you do when nobody's watching.
 

LazyWP

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I had read that before, but it still goes straight to the heart. Thanks for posting it.
 

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Just think, if someone had not taken the time to teach you to read, you would never have gain or this wisdom or been able to reread it as I did and help remember these important leasson's. I notice none of the people who did the good things they did were rich. Guess maybe being rich isn't as important as so many think.
 

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those are good lessons worth passing on.thanks...
reminds me of a lesson i learned years ago.

i was in the pony ride business for over 20 years,,and did several city functions a summer.i was under the eye of alot of people and could not play favorites often.some parents had no money,some kids missed out
thru a day.but, i will always remember one.

the little boy kept begging for a pony ride but had no money,,so i suggested he run around the the local park/festival and collect enough pop cans for a dime a piece and i could give him a ride.

several minutes passed,as we kept busy,then the young man showed back up.he had a HUGE garbage sack --full of empty cans--

he throwed that sack of cans down, and said "now,i'm ready for that ride"

i had to cash in the cans myself,he got his ride,he earned it,and that boy was sittin up proud and happy.

some learn to barter younger than others.
 

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beautiful lessons learned...thanks for the postings!! ya know, it seems like everytime i think my life is " sooooo bad" and i am blowing up balloons for my own "pity party", i see someone who would give anything to have what little I have! thanks for the reminders!!
:D :wink:
 

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