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5 Great Lessons : )
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DD    Posted 05-15-2004 at 12:17:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Five Great Lessons.......
> > >1 - Most Important Lesson
> > >
> > >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 PM, an older African-American
> > >woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure
>the
> > >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 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
> > >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 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.
> > >You see, after all, understanding and attitude is everything.
> > >> >


Old John    Posted 05-16-2004 at 06:10:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Hi DD,
Thanks, I passed this along to my very-intelligent oldest granddottir, who just flunked out of college, for the second time.
Not to give her Hel...........
We all make choices, for Better or Worse.
She's a good kid, just needs to get her head into "Real Life".
'Til Later............
Old John


DD    Posted 05-16-2004 at 08:16:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, all I can say about that is: There are LOTS of folks who NEVER mature. Growing old is a given, growing UP is optional ; )


nice.............    Posted 05-15-2004 at 18:31:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
kinda puts a person to thinking.
sometimes when we think we are having the worst time in the world we need to look around at the problems others are having...........most of the time it will make you thankful for all that you have.
thanks for sharing.........PP


Chas in Me    Posted 05-15-2004 at 12:44:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Great stuff DD. Lots to think about.
Charles


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