Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Five Lessons Of Life

These five short story highlights five important lessons of life

First Lesson - Everyone Deserver Attention

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.

Second Lesson - Help Others In Need

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."

Mrs. Nat King Cole.

Third 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 is 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.

Fourth Lesson - Try To Solve Your Problem's Yourself

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.

Fifth - 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 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 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.

"Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody's watching."


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Anonymous said...

Only five.The most important ones are HERE .thanks for those lessons.

Anonymous said...

this was a really touching post.

i loved it. =)

Cleopatra said...

This was one of the most warming posts I've read in a while. These qualities are some that many of us lack or forget about because the world is so self induldged right now. This has been a great reminder for me.

Anonymous said...

The second lesson is an "Urban Legend", http://www.snopes.com/luck/trump.asp. Near the bottom of the write-up is this story.

The fift lesson is also an "Urban Legend", http://www.snopes.com/glurge/transfuse.asp.

Each story has a moral, as such they teach a lesson.

Anonymous said...

Rob...you are an idiot...you totally missed the point.Considering the times we are in we need all the positive insight we can get...

Unknown said...

The five stories were amazing...here is one more amazing thing about guruji.com...which is an indian search and its great...

Anonymous said...

Wow, those were really touching!

The Look said...

That warmed my heart so much. We can all learn a little bit from this. Thank you for the great post.

Anonymous said...

i really felt bad whie reading fourth story beacause there is only one story left to read it will be completting in next few seconds and finaliy its an awesome posts i have read and "THIS IS MY MESSAGE TO PERSON WHO POSTED THIS FANTASTIC LESSONS OVER HERE I REALLY APPRECIATE U R WORK I PRAY GOD THAT DO SOME FOVOUR TO HIM FOR TEACHING US THIS MORALS FROM MY SIDE ALL THE BEST "

Unknown said...

Very touching and totlaly makes sense!

DO i look like I give a damn !!! said...

yes dey were indeed touching stories...d last 1 was amazing...

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Anonymous said...

Great job. If every person on this earth realises the above qualities within themselves, can change the world into peaceful & wonderful planet.

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