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Five Great Lessons

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by cheer, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. cheer

    cheer Silver IL'ite

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    FIVE GREAT LESSONS

    1 - Most Important Lesson-give attention to whom you meet

    During my second month of nursing school, 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've also never forgotten her name was Dorothy.

    2 - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain-Do your best for others

    One night, at 11:30 PM,
    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 1960s.
    The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a
    taxi cab.
    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 iinquired.
    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 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 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.

     
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  2. Abha

    Abha Bronze IL'ite

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    How sweet !!!

    and touching indeed... a nice read Cheer
     
  3. Pritirach

    Pritirach Silver IL'ite

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    Inspiring.Thanks a lot for sharing such wonderful views.
     
  4. raginiprakash

    raginiprakash Senior IL'ite

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    Thanks for posting cheer, indeed those were some very valuable lessons.

    Cheers!
    Ragini.
     
  5. chatkara_tasty

    chatkara_tasty Bronze IL'ite

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    great inspiring lessons cheer . txs for posting it here :2thumbsup: . keep it up
     
  6. cheer

    cheer Silver IL'ite

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    :thankyou2: Ladies
     
  7. radhavenkatesh

    radhavenkatesh Silver IL'ite

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    I learnt my lessons today :) thanks for posting them
     
  8. Jaysree

    Jaysree Platinum IL'ite

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    Wow,Thanks for the wonderful lessons.
    Keep it up !!!

    jayshree.
     
  9. cheer

    cheer Silver IL'ite

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    Thanx radha & jayshree, glad to know you ladies like it:)
     
  10. SubhaD

    SubhaD New IL'ite

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    Great stories, cheer - thanks!
    Regards,
    SubhaD
     

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