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.
“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.
Important Life Lesson
During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious studentAnd had breezed through the questions until I readThe 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.
Try To Solve Your Problem's Yourself
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.