How We Treat People

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I was cleaning out my computer and came across the following which I received many years ago. I thought I would share it with my new Bogger family. Looking forward to meeting all of you at Copeton! YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THIS BEFORE BUT THEN AGAIN MAYBE YOU HAVEN'T Subject: HOW WE TREAT PEOPLE Five (5) lessons to make you think 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, 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.
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 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." 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 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. Now you have 2 choices. 1. Ignore this, or 2. Forward it to people you care about. I hope that you will choose No. 2 and remember. "Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody's watching." NOW more than ever - Peace...Pass It On..... tgintl/jay PS: We are due to take delivery 3 June. Thanks for the enormous support we have received since joining the Group.
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Reply By: Deleted User - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 19:47

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 19:47
Jay, This is so nice it's beautiful Macka
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Reply By: Deleted User - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 19:48

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 19:48
Dont worry Jay you will get your turn. After a year or so out there doing it you will be able to give good advice to the next person buying a BT and heading out for the first time as you are now ..... experience is two thirds of the battle !! Most people like to help others and from what I've seen in the forum since inception this is especially true. I get my inspiration from Cindy after 22 years of doing the same thing and at "over 40" most get a little jaded. We had a clients dog in the surgery that was not expected to make it ...it was taking massive fits so had to have a long period under anaesthesia. Cindy worked her usual 10 hour day bought the dog home (which is a normal occurrence) set up a bed in the kitchen ...the drip line and bag hung over the sink. She set the alarm to wake her every 1-1/2 hours throughout the night to administer more anaesthetic, take vitals and give the dog a pat. I helped her load still anaesthetised dog (big dog) in car at 8 am and off she went for another 10 hour day. Dog survived and went home with owner a full day later ... the couple are long term clients and were charged only drugs and one bag of saline for home care. I asked if she would set the alarm and give me a pat every hour or so ? She replied " Anytime dear ! So long as I can stick a needle in your bum after every pat ? ". Now why would she enjoy that ?? [HypodermicSmile] Anthony Explore this Great Land ...Do it Easy ...Tow a Bushtracker
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Reply By: Deleted User - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 19:49

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 19:49
re:How we treat people A Story I read many years ago,I thought was very touching. Two neighbours used to share the cost of a $4 lotto ticket,they did this for a number of years.One day one of the neighbours told the other one he had to withdraw from the partnership in the lotto ticket,as he was experiencing a bit of hardship on the financial front,with the rising morgage repayments and two kids in school.He apoligised and said he needed the $2 every week to help pay his bills.The neighbour who always purchased the lotto tickets kept playing lotto on his own.One month later he shared in a large first division prize.After he found out that he won he went next door to his neighbour and insisted that he owed him $8 for half the cost of the lotto tickets for the last month and then told him what his half share in lotto was worth. Cheers Julie &Ulrich
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