* 5 Great Lessons ( in brief ) ...

Virginia Sellner (wch@vcn.com)
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 12:23:07 -0700 (MST)


>* FIVE GREAT LESSONS :
>
>The Important Things Life Teaches Us ...
>
>~ 1 ~  Most Important Question
>
>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.
>
>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
>& 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
>colour 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 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 ~ 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 & 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
>&
>departed. 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.
>
>-----
>
>~ 4 ~  The Obstacle in Our Path
>
>    In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway.  Then he hid
>himself &
>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
>big stone
>out of the way.
>
>    Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables.  On
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.
>
>    As 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 others never understand.
>
>    Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one's condition.
>
>-----
>
>~ 5 ~  Giving Blood
>
>    Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at Stanford 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 Liz."
>
>    As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled,
>as we all did,
>seeing the colour 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 boy had misunderstood the doctor;  he thought he was going
>to have to
>give his sister all of his blood.
>
>
>--------
>
>    Is not attitude everything ???.   You have 2 choices now :
>
>1. Save or delete this mail from your mailbox, or ...
>
>2. Forward it to the people you care about.
>
>
>    Let's hope you choose No. 2.
>
>-----
>
>Work like you don't need the money.
>
>Love like you've never been hurt.
>
>Dance like nobody's watching.
>
>--
>The JAMBC ( Jesters & Artists of the Muse ) Arts Network
>*** Commander-in-Chief ***
>http://www.jambc.com
>mailto:jambc@lakesweb.com
>
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><B>* FIVE GREAT LESSONS :</B>
>
><P><I>The Important Things Life Teaches Us ...</I>
>
><P><B>~ 1 ~&nbsp; Most Important Question</B>
>
><P>During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop
>quiz.
><BR>I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions,
>until I read
><BR>the last one :
>
><P>"What is <I>the first name</I> of the woman who cleans the school ???"&nbsp;
>Surely this was
><BR>some kind of joke.
>
><P>I had seen the cleaning woman several times.&nbsp; She was tall, dark-haired
>and in her
><BR>50s, but <I>how would I know her name</I> ???
>
><P>I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.
>
><P>Before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count
>toward our
><BR>quiz grade.&nbsp; <I>"Absolutely",&nbsp;</I> said&nbsp; the professor.
>
><P>"In your careers you will meet many people. <B><I><U>All</U></I></B>
>are significant. They deserve your
><BR>attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say
<I>'hello'</I>.&nbsp;
>"I've never forgotten
><BR>that lesson.&nbsp; I also learned her name was Dorothy.
>
><P>-----
>
><P><B>~ 2 ~&nbsp; Pickup in the Rain</B>
>
><P>One night, at 11:30 PM, an older African American woman was standing
>on the side
><BR>of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm.&nbsp;
>Her car had broken down
><BR>&amp; she desperately needed a ride.
>
><P>Soaking wet, she decided to&nbsp; flag down the next car.&nbsp; A young
>white man stopped to help
><BR>her - generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s.&nbsp; The
>man took her to safety, helped
><BR>her get assistance and put her into a taxi cab.&nbsp; She seemed to
>be in a big hurry !!!&nbsp; She wrote
><BR>down his address, thanked him and drove away.
>
><P>Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise,
>a giant console
><BR>colour TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached.&nbsp;
>It read:&nbsp; "Thank you
><BR>so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched
>not only my clothes
><BR>but my spirits.&nbsp; Then you came along.&nbsp; Because of you, I
>was able to make it to <I>my dying</I>
><BR><I>husband's bedside just before he passed away</I>.&nbsp; God bless
>you for helping me and unselfishly
><BR>serving others."
>
><P>Sincerely,
>
><P><B>Mrs. Nat King Cole</B>
>
><P>-----
>
><P><B>~ 3 ~ Always remember those who serve ...</B>
><BR>&nbsp;
>
><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,
>a 10 year old boy entered a
><BR>hotel coffee shop and sat at a table.&nbsp; A waitress put a glass
>of water in&nbsp; front of him.
>
><P>"How much is an ice cream sundae ???"
>
><P>"Fifty cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand
>out of his pocket &amp; studied
><BR>a&nbsp; number of coins in it.
>
><P>"How much is a dish of plain ice cream ???",&nbsp; he inquired.
>
><P>Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was <I>a bit
>impatient.</I>
>
><P>"Thirty-five cents," she said <I>brusquely</I>.&nbsp; The little boy
>again counted the coins.
>
><P>"I'll have <I>the plain ice cream</I>," he said.&nbsp; The waitress
>brought the ice cream, put the bill
><BR>on the table and walked away.&nbsp; The boy finished the ice cream,
>paid the cashier &amp;
><BR>departed. When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table
>and then
><BR>swallowed hard at what she saw.
>
><P>There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were<I> two nickels and
>five pennies - her tip.</I>
>
><P>-----
>
><P><B>~ 4 ~&nbsp; The Obstacle in Our Path</B>
>
><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on
>a roadway.&nbsp; Then he hid himself &amp;
><BR>watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.&nbsp; Some of
>the king's wealthiest
><BR>merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. <I>Many
>loudly blamed the</I>
><BR><I>king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about
>getting the big stone</I>
><BR><I>out of the way.</I>
>
><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Then a peasant came along carrying a load of
vegetables.&nbsp;
>On approaching the boulder,
><BR>the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the
>side of the road.
>
><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; After much pushing and straining, <I>he finally
succeeded.</I>
>
><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables,
>he noticed a purse lying in the road where
><BR>the boulder had been.&nbsp; The purse contained many gold coins and
>a note from the king
><BR>indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder
>from the roadway.
>
><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The peasant learned what many others never understand.
>
><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve
>one's condition.
>
><P>-----
>
><P><B>~ 5 ~&nbsp; Giving Blood</B>
>
><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at Stanford
>Hospital, I got to know a
><BR>little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease.
>Her only chance
><BR>of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old
>brother, who had
><BR>miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies
>needed to
><BR>combat the illness.
>
><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The doctor explained the situation to her little
>brother, and asked the boy if he would be
><BR>willing to give his blood to his sister.&nbsp; I saw him hesitate for
>only a moment before taking a
><BR>deep breath and saying, "Yes,<I> I'll do it if it will save Liz."</I>
>
><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next
>to his sister and smiled, as we all did,
><BR>seeing the colour returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale
>and his smile faded. He
><BR>looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling&nbsp; voice, <I>"Will
>I start to die right away ???"</I>
>
><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Being young, the boy had misunderstood the doctor;&nbsp;
>he thought he was going to have to
><BR>give his sister <B><I><U>all</U> </I></B>of his blood.
><BR>&nbsp;
>
><P>--------
>
><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Is not <I>attitude</I> <U>everything</U> ???.&nbsp;&nbsp;
>You have 2 choices now :
>
><P>1. Save or delete this mail from your mailbox, or ...
>
><P>2. <I>Forward it </I>to the people you care about.
><BR>&nbsp;
>
><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Let's hope you choose No. 2.
>
><P>-----
>
><P>Work like <I>you <U>don't need</U> the money.</I>
>
><P>Love like <I>you've <U>never</U> been hurt.</I>
>
><P>Dance like <I><U>nobody'</U>s watching.</I>
>
><P>--
><BR>The JAMBC ( Jesters &amp; Artists of the Muse ) Arts Network
><BR>*** Commander-in-Chief ***
><BR><A HREF="http://www.jambc.com">http://www.jambc.com</A>
><BR><A HREF="mailto:jambc@lakesweb.com">mailto:jambc@lakesweb.com</A>
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