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Lessons in Life
Five lessons to make us think about the way we treat people.
We cannot go back and make a new start, but we can start now
to make a new beginning!
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, darkhaired 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, at11:30 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
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 addressand 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
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
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
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
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.
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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