I came across this and I thought I should share!
1. First Important Lesson – “Know The Cleaning Lady”
During my second month of University, our professor gave us a test. 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, and on many occasions Dorothy became my saviour in unlocking doors I had no access to, that I would have otherwise ended up waiting for the next day to do.
2. Second Important Lesson – “Remember Those Who Serve”
A 12 year-old boy entered a 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. “£4.50,” 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. “£3.50!” 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 started to look around, and you can see her eyes started to swell-up. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, was a fifty pence, two twenties and a ten pence!. You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.
3. Third Important Lesson – “The Obstacles 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.”
4. Forth Important Lesson – “Giving When It Counts”
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to hear a story of a little girl 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 the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. He hesitated for only a moment before taking a deep breath and said, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save her.”
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled. 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.
أربعة دروس مهمة تعلمتها في حياتي…
“بالتأكيد”، قال أستاذ. “في حياتكم المهنية سوف تتعرف وتتقابل على الكثير من الناس. بعظهم مهمين وستعتقد انهم وحدهم يستحقون الاهتمام والعناية، ولكن في حقيقة الأمر، كل إنسان تقابله يستحق الاهتمام حتى عاملة النظافة – كل ما عليك فعله هو ابتسامة…
لم أنس أبدا ذلك الدرس. و بعدها تعلمت اسم عاملة النظافة في القسم- اسمها دوروثي- وأكثر من مرة أفادتني في فتح أبواب مغلقه بالمفاتيح، بدلا من أن انتظر دوام اليوم الثاني…
2. “تذكر أولئك الذين يخدمونك”
دخل صبي لا يتجاوز من العمر ١٢ عاماً مقهى وجلس على طاولة بجواري. جاءت الموظفة وسألها الولد “كم قيمة الآيس كريم سندي؟” (سندي عبارة عن أسكريم فوق موزة و عليها شكلاطة ). أجابة الموظفة “4،50 £”
3. “عقبات في طريقنا”
قصة معنوية لا أعرف مصداقيتها في العصور القديمة:
قبل سنوات عديدة، كنت أعمل كمتطوع في أحد المستشفيات في مقاطعة دفن، جنوب غرب بريطانيا. و اتعرفت على قصة حدثت قبل عملي من قبل أحد زملائي في المستشفة…
حينما كان يرقد في السرير المجاور لأخته ابتسم، وسأل الطبيب وهو يرتجف: ” هل سأبدأ أموت على الفور؟”.
كونه صغير العمر، ساء فهم الطبيب عند الشرح، لانه أعتقد بإعطاء أخته دمه، هو سيموت من أجل انقاذ حياتها.