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    May 2008
    Received in an e-mail from a friend this morning:

    Five (5) 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 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 11:3 0 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 60s. 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

    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 but he had chosen to save her anyway.

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    Super Member Grammy o'5's Avatar
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    Thank you for sharing. :wink:

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    Senior Member HeatherQuilts's Avatar
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    Twin Cities, MN
    Thanks for the reminder that we could all stand to be a little more "human" toward each other, a little more tolerant and loving.

    I've read these before, and that last one always makes me cry!!

    ~Heather :-)

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    Jul 2010
    Thank you for posting those. A gentle reminder to all of us that you never know what is around the corner and who might need your help and in turn who's you might need.

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    Super Member shequilts's Avatar
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    I'm thanking you through my tears. It's a wonderful reminder of why we're here.

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    Elmira, NY
    Also a reminder that, sometimes, it doesn't take a lot to help someone a great deal. A little kindness goes a long way. Thank you for sharing that.

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    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
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    Camarillo, California
    Thank you for the wonderful reminder that we should care for and help our our fellow man!!!

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    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
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    SW Iowa
    Thanks for the reminders. They are all so important.

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    Super Member sewmuchmore's Avatar
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    How offten we forget that lesson of life is to love others as you love yourself. Thank you for sharing. :thumbup:

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