Thursday, August 7, 2008

5 Lessons on how to treat people

This comes from my uncle Jack.

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


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


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.'


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


When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wip ed

down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,

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


Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and

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
& nbsp;
indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the

from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never


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

and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to
be a

blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had

survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed

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

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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