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How To Treat Others: 5 Lessons From an Unknown Author

Five Lessons About How To Treat People
-- Author Unknown



1. First Important Lesson - "Know The Cleaning Lady"


During my second month of college, 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.


2. Second Important 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 rainstorm. 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 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.


3. Third Important Lesson - "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. "50¢," 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. "35¢!" 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 Obstacles 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 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.

Courtesy of INSPIRE21

 

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Comment by naheed haq on December 28, 2011 at 6:53am

Fabulous! great inspirational stories that really motivate others.

Comment by Aubree Brown on March 4, 2011 at 7:30am
Beautiful, the last one brought tears to my eyes
Comment by Jef Menguin on November 28, 2010 at 7:26pm
Truly, these are nice stories. Thank you for sharing them all.
Comment by Jimmy Grosse on October 28, 2010 at 7:28am
I want to thank those who add to my life by complying these little messages. They make an impact on my life so I may help impact others lives.
Comment by Tony on October 23, 2010 at 1:20am
Thanks!
Comment by Jim McNees on October 17, 2010 at 7:02am
excellent post, thank you.
Comment by Gary Yantis on September 18, 2010 at 4:51pm
To Bellzebub: I hope the other responses showed you most good people do good and kind things because it is the right thing to do - not for reward for even recognition plus most would give their livf to save the innocent life of another. As you go country to country from "free, caring, personal responsiblity and Conservative" to "free lunch, the government owes me everything while I have no responsiblities" there is a direct correlation. How sad. The "Progressive Movement on the march for over 100 years is now close to their objective of world domination. May God intervene and save us all from a Godless one world ruthless autocracy where all but the few elite exist solely to serve their unchosen masters.The next five years will determine the fate of every soul on earth for decades to hundreds of years to come. It is "now or never". Ignore the fast approaching peril and we doom generations to come to short, miserable lives - all to enrich .001% of the population. Bellezebub - another word for the Devil - do you mean that? I pray for you if so.
Comment by Gary Yantis on September 18, 2010 at 4:28pm
Regarding the Nat King Cole story, isn't it sad there are so few people in this world who willing give of their time and money to help others that a writer has to resort to "poetic license" to make a point? I know he only meant well in his writing and, hopefully, added to the hope this wonderful article should give anyone who reads it.
Comment by Joyce Ann Marie Jackson on September 16, 2010 at 10:43pm
I was very impressed by the story of the rock and the peasant. It is so true and I have to remember that particular scenario every time I get discouraged.
Comment by Zoe Grace on September 9, 2010 at 11:53pm
Really, really beautiful writing. Totally inspiring.

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