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ez2u

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Five lessons
« on: August 28, 2009, 01:32:52 AM »

>         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 50's, 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 11:3 0 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 60s.. 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 blame  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'.
 
>>>     
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cjwood

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Re: Five lessons
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2009, 04:34:05 AM »

very nice find peggy. i especially liked #4 and the parable in it. like, whenever our Father puts obstacles in our paths, they are but opportunities to improve our spiritual journey.

claudia
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Astrapho

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Re: Five lessons
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2009, 07:37:12 AM »

Aww, those are so sweet.  :'(
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meee

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Re: Five lessons
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2009, 10:37:08 AM »

   Thank you Peggy, these are goooooood.
         hugs,meee
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musicman

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Re: Five lessons
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2009, 11:10:35 AM »

Unfortunately, the peasant had some weird HMO that doesn't cover back surgery when one's vanity doesn't give them the sense to ask for help with difficult tasks.  Therefore, it took the entire bag of gold + 2 years pay$$ to fix the problem.  He would still require physical therapy for several years.  Unfortunately, he couldn't afford it.
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musicman

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Re: Five lessons
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2009, 11:20:38 AM »

As it turned out, the cleaning lady was a Russian spy, known by those who are aware enough to do background checks and such.  The course was for people seeking emplyment in intelligence.  This question turned out to be 50% of the grade.  If one missed it they would surely have to retake the course or drop out in disgrace.  Another option was, if you missed it and didn't want to flunk out, you would have to allow several large simulated Russian spies to kidnap you in the middle of the night, lock you in a dark room hanging by your feet, and be forced to watch 10 hours of "The View".  If you screamed for mercy, you'd have to watch Ray Unconfort and Kirk the Cameraman save souls for jesus. . . . . . .followed by 10 hours of "Full House".
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musicman

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Re: Five lessons
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2009, 11:24:50 AM »

Answer for # 5 from an inpatient doctor who doesn't like having to explain medical procedures:













YES!!!!!!!!!!!!
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firefly77

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Re: Five lessons
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2009, 11:26:10 AM »

musicman,
Thanks for the "reality check"... Nothing like a rude awakening! ;D ;D ;D

Angie
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Astrapho

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Re: Five lessons
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2009, 12:56:15 PM »

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  If you screamed for mercy, you'd have to watch Ray Unconfort and Kirk the Cameraman save souls for jesus. . . . . . .followed by 10 hours of "Full House".

-screams- Mercy!!!!

...

Oh, wait...
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Vangie

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Re: Five lessons
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2009, 02:33:16 PM »

And then Uncle Jesse says so sneeringly sexily, "Have mercy...!" every hour on the hour for the full 10 hours.  This... is Musicman's hell.  No Astrapho...don't go there..... ;)
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Ninny

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Re: Five lessons
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2009, 05:53:37 PM »

Musicman....I have said this before...you DO have a way with words! It's a weird way, but it's definitely a way! :D
Kathy ;)
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musicman

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Re: Five lessons
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2009, 07:10:05 PM »

And then Uncle Jesse says so sneeringly sexily, "Have mercy...!" every hour on the hour for the full 10 hours.  This... is Musicman's hell.  No Astrapho...don't go there..... ;)

But the first student undergoing this torture is relieved to see Musicman walk on to the set behind Uncle Jesse.  Musicman puts UJ into a choke hold and screams "if you squint one more time, I'm gonna have your eyelids stapled open and force you to look at those pictures of when you were a teenager getting beat up by all the cool kids.  And I will show the world your yearbook mug under the title, Most Likely to Come Out of the Closet at 23".

Oh wait, that's me dreaming during my torture.
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Ninny

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Re: Five lessons
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2009, 08:14:25 PM »

Anyone would know that Uncle Jesse couldn't hold a candle for you to go by, Musicman!! He's no match for you!! 8)
Kathy ;)
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Re: Five lessons
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2009, 10:06:46 PM »

GLURGE makes me GAG!
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