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Hi, this isnt exactly humour, but its nice and may bring a smile




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 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 Alabamahighway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her carhad broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the nextcar. 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 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'swealthiest 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 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 her.





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Thank you posting that wonderful, inspiring collection of stories.


The last one was so touching I still have a few tears in my eyes.


Have a great day,



Bad things happen when good people do nothing

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Oh Texas, now I need some humour. That was beautiful!!! Im all choked up and Im not a religious person... I have tears streaming down my cheeks, was it the music? or the pictures? or the words? or is it sheer exhaustion from taking the babies to the Ekka yesterday? perhaps its Newscorp!!! http://www.ShareScene.com/html/emoticons/smile.gif
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Hi Kathy,


Thankyou, it was amazing, I have recently picked up some seasonal fruit picking work (not because I needed to work, I wanted the experience of meeting people from different walks of life and doing something that I had never done before) anyhow, I was horrified at the way the management treat the workers! They are treated like second class citizens. Some of the workers are backpackers, others people who have lived very sad and tough lives, from what I have seen though they are all very hard working good people. I was just considering telling the management how I feel, when I read your collection of lovely stories. I will print them, and stick them on the noticeboard. Have already emailed them to many friends.


Thankyou again,



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Thankyou Trinity, Im so happy that I posted that, I really didnt expect the wonderful responses, Im so glad you liked them. Its interesting you mentioning fruit picking as a close relative of my Husband has been working for a large farm (I call sweatshop) up north growing and picking hydro cucumbers exclusively for Woolworths (I wonder if I should write that) but it is through necessity in wanting to work for a living and age etc... but the conditions and way they are treated is shocking to say the least and I am surprised how they get away with it in this country, but I guess in being far from major cities and therefore close scrutiny and having a workforce that is desperate to work and not spill the beans that is how they get away with it, but it does upset me when I hear the stories.


Best Wishes to you



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Hi Kathy,

I thought perhaps the lack of respect shown to the pickers where I am was an isolated case due to a nasty boss. Unfortunately it sounds like it is more 'the norm'. It has made me realize how sheltered my life has been, (career, my own business). It has been a real eye-opener for me, and got me thinking what can be done to improve the situation. Perhaps this may explain the lack of incentive for some people to work for a living, and accept unemployment benefits.


I am in a position where I don't need the work and feel like 'blowing the whistle' if I could do so in a way that would make a difference and not jeopardise those who need their jobs.

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I have many a time contemplated blowing the whistle and tried talking my in-law into it also, as I am only a third party, speaking on hearsay, but to no avail, unfortunately the circumstances are an older Lady, who wouldnt dream of going on the dole if she could help it, and that basically accounts for the vast majority of workers there, older people, or mildly disabled, or farmers/farmers wives working there (as well as their own farms). They keep quiet as they really want to keep their work... But it really aggrivates me when I hear the many unbelievable conditions imposed on them... It really is an eye opener and makes you aware how lucky we are.
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lol Trinity, I think we got a little off topic, thought Id better post some humour to make amends http://www.ShareScene.com/html/emoticons/rolleyes.gif







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