5 lessons about the way we treat people

I had this unread mail in my account from a really long time, and Yahoo kept displaying it everytime I signed in. Today, I finally read it and loved the lessons I learnt.  Thought it’d be great if all of us could learn them… 🙂

Five (5) lessons about the way we treat people

Source: Mail

1 . First Important Lesson – Everyone is equally important.

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 – Helping people in need.

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 rain storm. 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 1960’s. 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.”

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.

Most importantly…. Live with no regrets, Treat people the way you want to be treated, Work like you don’t need the money and Love like you’ve never been hurt.


7 thoughts on “5 lessons about the way we treat people

  1. ummkhaleel says:

    Assalam alaik Sis! Masha’Allah I love these lessons! I think I read it sometime back but it’s always good to be reminded again.

    I attended a swearing ceremony for new doctors and the Professor who mentioned something similar to no.1. He said to them that ‘you are highly regarded now but don’t forget about the people around you – the washer lady, the person who serves your food..’ it was something along that line but I was very moved by his speech. And this is coming from the Prof of Medicine who has written more than 500 journals articles plus a noble prize winner! And he isn’t even Muslim! Subhan’Allah!.. How often we forget such simple things in life… which reminds me, I shall ask the name of the washer lady who cleans my building 🙂

    • Walaikum Assalam sis 🙂 .. Alhumdulillah.. glad it served as a reminder 🙂

      JazakAllahu Khair for sharing the insight from the speech! I can see it much have been a powerful one.. since He made a point to talk not just about how to be a good doctor but rather be a good human being too.. which is rarely the case during such lectures!

  2. neha says:

    “Live with no regrets, Treat people the way you want to be treated, Work like you don’t need the money and Love like you’ve never been hurt…” love those lines… 🙂

  3. SubhanAllah! I loved it, especially the last one..! :’)

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