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  Some Important Lessons Life Teaches...
Most Important Lesson  ~  What in life is significant?
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 also learned her name was Dorothy."
Second Important Lesson  ~  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 hate 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.
Third Important Lesson   ~  Always remember those who serve you
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a ten 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.
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 ever understand.  Every obstacle presents an opportunity
to improve our condition.
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 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   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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