- 1 We are all important
- 2 Relief in the rain
- 3 Always remember those you serve
- 4 Obstacles in our path
- 5 Donating blood
We are all important
During my second semester in nursing school, our teacher gave us a surprise exam. I was a conscious student and quickly read all the questions, until I read the last one:
"What is the name of the woman who cleans the school?"
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen many times the woman who cleaned the school. She was tall, dark hair, about fifty years old, but how would I know her name?
I delivered my exam, leaving the last question blank.
Before the class was over, someone asked the teacher if the last question would count for the exam grade. "Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers you will meet many people. All are important. They deserve your attention and care, even if they just smile at you and say: 'Hello!'
I never forgot that lesson. I also learned that his name was Dorothy.
We are all important.
One night, at 11:30 p.m., an elderly African-American woman was standing at the edge of an Alabama highway, trying to withstand a heavy storm.
Her car had broken down and she desperately needed to be taken. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, despite all the conflicts that had occurred during the 60s. The young man took her to a safe place, helped her get assistance and put her in a taxi. She seemed to be in a hurry. She wrote down the young man's address, thanked him and left.
Seven days passed, when they knocked on the door of his house. To his surprise, a giant color TV was delivered to his house by mail. Had a special note attached to the package. It said: "Thank you so much for helping me on the highway the other night. The rain flooded not only my clothes but my spirit. Then you appeared. Thanks to you, I was able to reach the side of my dying husband's bed, just before die God bless you for helping me and for serving others selflessly Sincerely: The Lady of Nat King Cole.
Do not expect anything in return and you will receive it.
Always remember those you serve
On the days when ice cream cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered an establishment and sat at a table. The waitress put a glass of water in front of him. "How much does an almond chocolate ice cream cost?" the boy asked. "Fifty cents, replied the waitress. The boy took his hand out of his pocket and examined a number of coins. "How much does an ice cream cost alone?" He asked again.
Some people were waiting for a table and the waitress was already a little impatient. "Thirty-five cents she said abruptly. The child returned to counting the coins. "I want ice cream alone," said the boy. The waitress brought her ice cream, and put the bill on the table and left.
The boy finished the ice cream, paid in the box and left. When the waitress returned, she began to clean the table and then it was hard to swallow with what she saw. There, placed neatly next to the empty plate, there were thirty-five cents and twenty-five more ... his tip.
Never judge someone ahead of time.
The obstacles in our way
Long ago, a king placed a large rock obstructing a path. Then he hid and looked to see if anyone removed the tremendous rock. Some of the wealthiest merchants of the king and courtiers came and simply turned him around. Many blamed the king loudly for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything to get the big stone out of the way.
Then a farmer came, and carried a load of vegetables. As he approached the rock, the farmer put his load on the floor and tried to move the rock to the side of the road. After pushing and getting very tired, he made it out. While picking up his load of vegetables, he noticed a wallet on the ground, just where the rock had been. The wallet contained many gold coins and a note from the same king indicating that gold was for the person who removed the stone from the road. the peasant lernt what others never understood.
Each obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one's condition.
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a Stanford Hospital, I met a little girl named Liz who suffered from a strange disease. His only chance to recover apparently was a blood transfusion from his 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and developed the necessary antibodies to fight it. The doctor explained the situation to the girl's brother, and asked if he would be willing to give his sister his blood. I saw him doubt for just a moment before taking a big sigh and say, "Yes, I will, if that saves Liz."
While the transfusion continued, he was lying on a bed next to his sister's, and smiling as we assisted him and his sister, watching the color return to the girl's cheeks. Then the boy's face turned pale and his smile disappeared. He looked at the doctor and asked in a trembling voice: "At what time will I start to die?"
Being only a child, I had not understood the doctor; he thought he would give all his blood to his sister. And yet he gave it to him.
Give all for who you love.
LOVE AS YOU NEVER WANTED.
DO NOT DISAPPEAR THE FRIENDSHIP OF YOUR FRIENDS.
LIVE THE DAYS WITH FAITH, LOVE AND PEACE.
WORK AS IF YOU DON'T NEED THE MONEY.
AND DANCE AS IF NOBODY SEE YOU.