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Post  Tue, Mar 29 2005, 5:29 pm
I thought you ladies might enjoy this Laughing
Five 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 severaltimes. 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

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 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 hur! ry, 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
"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 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
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 t! he 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 cheeks. 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

Now you have 2 choices:
1. Delete this email, 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."
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Post  Tue, Mar 29 2005, 5:51 pm
Powerful stuff Very Happy
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Post  Tue, Mar 29 2005, 10:09 pm
"Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody's watching.

I've heard these words in a song ,and they are really meaningful. wow!!
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Post  Wed, Mar 30 2005, 8:19 am
basmalka, thanks for that, a good reminder of what's important in life!
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Post  Wed, Mar 30 2005, 12:08 pm
thank u 4 sharing
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Post  Thu, Mar 31 2005, 4:10 am
Thank you thank you basmalka, it was wonderful to read and very inspiring.
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Post  Fri, Apr 08 2005, 2:35 am
"Adam was the direct handiwork of G-d. No other human being could ever be as magnificent. Yet he had only one temptation to resist and he gave in.

Which teaches us that the greatest challenges in life are those that are closest to your purpose of being. To the point that if you wish to know your central purpose in life, you need only look at where your greatest challenges are."
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Post  Fri, Apr 08 2005, 2:37 am
did u hear the one about a man who committed sucide by jumping off a bridge? they found a sucide note in his house that said if one person smiles at me on my way to the bridge I wont jump....
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Post  Fri, Apr 08 2005, 2:41 am
First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady

I was told that its very impt to thank the cleaing people. when ever I use a public restroom I hope there will be a cleaning lady indside so I can thank her. we tend to pretend they are not there-just doing their job (which is cleaning our mess!!) so when I thank them they give me such a smile, it makes my day Very Happy
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Post  Fri, Apr 08 2005, 3:02 am
hey basmalkah havent seen you in a while welcome back even if it is only for a short time until next time you reappear. thanks for the tips I especially like the one with the boy that wanted to save his sisters life. thanks for sharing!! Very Happy
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