Five Great Lessons
During the second month of nursing school, a professor gave a pop quiz to the students.
One student was a conscientious student and had breezed through the question, until he read the last question on the quiz.
What is the first name of the woman who cleans this school?
Surely this was some kind of joke.
He had seen the cleaning woman several times.
She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would he know her name?
He handed in his paper, leaving the last question blank.
Before class ended, on student asked if the last question would count toward the quiz grade.
“Absolutely,” said the professor.
“In you careers you will meet many people.
All people are significant.”
They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say, “hello.”
That is the first lesson for us to learn today.
Lesson One: “All people are significant.”
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 1060s.
The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry!
She wrote down his name and address and thanked him and drove away.
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 not 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
Lesson two: We are to unselfishly serve others.
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost must 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 and 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, perturbed and her table had been taken up, never to be seen by the boy again..
The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and 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.
Lesson Three: Always remember those whom you serve.
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 noe 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 staining, 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 will never understand.
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one’s condition.
Many years ago, a young man was a volunteer at Stanford Hospital, and he 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 if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.
He hesitated for just a second and then said, “Yes, I will do it if it will save Liz.”
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as everyone did around the bed, seeing the color return to Liz’s cheecks.
Then the five year old’s face grew pale and his smiled 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 going to have to give his sister all of his blood.
Lesson Five: Attitude, after all, is everything!