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Subject: Five (5) lessons about the way we treat people
1 - First Important Lesson - 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, another 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 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 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 colour TV was delivered to his home. A 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 - 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.


4 - 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 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 & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had 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 colour 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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I've read this before and it impressed me then as well. I tend to give to homeless people fairly often. I heard someone many years ago suggest that what if the homeless guy was actually Christ. Would you give some money? I refrain from judging the person, I figure they get to decide where the money goes, not me. I'm just grateful that I am able to give.
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Harry,I had read this post before & it didn't hurt to read it again.Kinda brings one back to earth.Thank you,Jamesjj

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I don't give money to anyone who is panhandling. A fellow minister would offer to take such people to McDonald's or some place to eat. Most of the time they would turn him down, wanting the money for drugs or booze.

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My wife and I usually buy them food. I saw a man, his wife and 2 children outside of a jack in the box restaurant. I only had $20.00 but I gave it to
them. I watched them go in and sit down. Sometimes you just have to take a chance I guess. It breaks my heart to see homeless People. to some
its a choice, But to others its just plain bad luck. I give in the hopes that it wont ever happen to me. just my 02
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WW, good but I would take them inside to make sure the $20 was used for food.
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Being polite is a big thing for me. I have people in my home town call me by name, and most of them I can't ever remember seeing before. When I go to one of the fast food joints, I get good service, and they are always friendly to me. I asked once why, and was told because I am always polite and friendly. Many moons ago was walking the corridors in the Pentagon, and a Brigadier General going the other way, said hi, calling me by name, and how was I doing. I did run into generals on an almost daily basis, so I must have seen him at sometime or another, but never have remembered seeing him before, and he was the only general I ever exchanged words with there. Still don't know how he knew my name. So, I guess it pays off.
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My wife and I have a few choice restaurants we eat at. They all know us by name. My uncles taught me early in life that if you want to make sure
you always get a good meal at the places you like to eat at.. Give the cook a tip once in a while it does make a difference as hardly anyone does it
and when they know your there you usually get a little better meal. We have a breakfast place we like to go to on Staurdays and they always have
our table clean and my coffee waiting lol. We are not big tippers But i agree with JOAT. Being polite with people goes a long way.
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All good points. Brings to mind the old note, "The most important possession you have is your good name, use it wisely".
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I don't give money to anyone who is panhandling.
Reading this reminded me of a news piece I read years ago. There was a man in one of the Arizona cities, Phoenix I think, who panhandled every day, claiming unemployment. As it turned out, he drove home each day in a fairly expensive late model car. The news people found out that he was indeed unemployed, and fully intended to remain so. Apparently, he was good enough at panhandling that his daily income was usually in the hundreds of dollars. Almost as bad as welfare fraud in my book.

I will tip, I will donate to the Salvation Army, etc., but I will not give to a panhandler.

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