Jumaat, 6 Ogos 2010

meaningful stories

These are long, yet important, and I hope you actually read them!
            - Most Important Lesson
            1. A 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've also never forgotten her name
            was Dorothy.

            2 - 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 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, 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 - 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
            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

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