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Five lessons to make you think 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 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 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 Obstacles 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 cheeks.  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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Posted: 25 July 2004 at 12:19pm | IP Logged

Hi deadly,

I liked all the above especially 3 and 5. If you have more of such articles please post it on the forum.

Cheers,
Vijay 

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Posted: 25 July 2004 at 12:27pm | IP Logged
I don't have such stories now.This was a forward send to me by my friend. But if you like reading such stuff you should read Chicken Soup books. They are just amazing. I wish I would post the whole book in this forum.
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lol...Chicken Soup really is good for the soul
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Posted: 25 July 2004 at 12:37pm | IP Logged
Have you read any Mystica because thats what many people say about it. There many titles. Like Chicken soup for teenage soul. Chicken Soup for the unsinkable Soul. And all the stories in it are about real people like us. Struggling and overcoming obstacles.
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Posted: 25 July 2004 at 12:49pm | IP Logged

I've read a few of them, deadly and they all possessed a real feel-good-factor. I know exactly what you mean by being tempted to post the book on the net.Wink Kinda sad that we would be sued if we did that...lol

I read Chicken soup for the soul, More Chicken soup for the soul, "The teenage soul", "the teachers soul", "the romantic soul"...and a couple more, but dont remember them off-hand.

These are the kind of books which make you believe in humanity once in a while.

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Posted: 25 July 2004 at 12:57pm | IP Logged
I know what you mean. Its just so sad some time. I have read many of them. Infact I am planning to buy one as soon as I get my pocket money next one. Reading such books makes you realize how bless one life is. But the effect doesn't last long. Wish it could. Would really make me a better human being!!
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lol, me too
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