Five Lessons To Make You Think About The Way You 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 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 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.

Most importantly.................. "Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody's  watching."

THANK YOU Reggie Barnett of Borger, Texas for the lessons........Cecil

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