Friday, March 30, 2012

5 lessons on how to 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 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 

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 is 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. 

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