Friday, March 14, 2014

LESSONS FOR THE DAY


 
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


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.


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