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Five Important Lessons

Cleaning lady

Cleaning lady (Photo credit: Lucky B)

1 – First Lesson – Cleaning Lady.
During my second month of college, our Professor Kirti  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 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 others.”
Sincerely,
Mrs. Nat King Cole.

Publicity photo from the premiere of The Nat K...

Publicity photo from the premiere of The Nat King Cole Show. Cole was the first African-American to host a program of this type. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3 – Third 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.

Ice cream sundae with strawberries

Ice cream sundae with strawberries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4 – Fourth 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 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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21 comments on “Five Important Lessons

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  2. Ann Koplow
    December 23, 2013

    I’m so glad our paths crossed here today. Thanks for this wonderful post.

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    • Judy
      December 24, 2013

      Thanks Ann I am glad that we met have a wonderful Christmas cheers Judy 🙂

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  3. russtowne
    December 23, 2013

    I love all the stories. The last is my favorite. Thank you for sharing them, Judy.
    Russ

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  4. russtowne
    December 23, 2013

    Reblogged this on A Grateful Man and commented:
    I love all these stories. The fifth is my favorite. Thank you, Judy for sharing them!

    With Love,
    Russ

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  5. billgncs
    December 23, 2013

    that last one! WOW … thanks Russ

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  6. ksbeth
    December 23, 2013

    beautiful

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  7. Reblogged this on lovelyseasonscomeandgo and commented:
    Wow! What an amazing post…and gives u a lot to think about..your life for real!

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  8. sachemspeaks
    December 23, 2013

    Reblogged this on sachemspeaks and commented:
    A must read today from my friend to you?

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  9. Ted Ross Savage
    December 24, 2013

    This was an extremely good post.

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    • Judy
      December 24, 2013

      Thanks Ted and a Merry Christmas to you. cheers Judy 🙂

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  10. dianasschwenk
    December 24, 2013

    I love all these stories and come here via Russ towne today!

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  11. stephiesbeadsandbaubles.com
    December 24, 2013

    I had heard a couple of them before, but loved reading them again along with the ones I had never read before !!! Thanks so much, a great lesson for us all !!!

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    • Judy
      December 24, 2013

      Thanks Stephie I am so glad you enjoyed these. They make you think don’t they? Have a very Merry Christmas cheers Judy 🙂

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  12. laurie27wsmith
    December 24, 2013

    They are all wonderful, the last one made me cry.

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    • Judy
      December 24, 2013

      Thanks Laurie I am so glad you enjoyed them. Have a Merry Christmas cheers Judy 🙂

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  13. cindy knoke
    December 24, 2013

    Wonderful & Merry Christmas!

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  14. donnajeanmcdunn
    December 25, 2013

    Thank you for posting this! Lessons we all need to remember and with it being Christmas Eve today, perfect reminders.

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  15. Jane Thorne
    December 27, 2013

    Love this post…love and people matter, everything else is just ‘stuff’!!! Love Xxx

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    • Judy
      December 28, 2013

      I couldn’t agree more Jane 🙂

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