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SIX GREAT LESSONS Part 1
Important Things Life Teaches You...
1. Most Important Question
During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a
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.
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. 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 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! She wrote down his address, thanked
him and drove away.
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.
"Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other
night. The rain drenched not only my clothes but 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. 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?"
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a
number of coins in it. "How much is a dish of plain ice cream?" he
inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress
was a bit impatient.
"Thirty-five cents," she said brusquely.
The little boy again counted the 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
When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and
then swallowed hard at what she saw. There, placed neatly beside
the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies - her tip.
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