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1 - Most Important Lesson


During my second month of college our pro-fessor gave us a pop quiz. I was
a conscientious student and had breezed through the ques-tions, 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, lea-ving 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 PM, an older African Amer-ican woman was standing on
the side of an Ala-bama highway trying to endure the lashing rainstorm. Her
car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she
de-cided 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. Be-cause 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 mer-chants 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
suc-ceeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed
a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse con-tained
many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for
the per-son who removed the boulder from the road-way.
The peasant learned what many of us never understand. Every obstacle
presents an oppor-tunity 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 and 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 anti-bodies, needed to combat the illness. The doctor
explained the situation to her little bro-ther, 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 trem-bling 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.
You see, after all, understanding and attitude, is everything.



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