5 Life Lessons. Which Is Your Favorite?

His signature tune was "Unforgettable" (1951).  - On November 5, 1956, The Nat King Cole Show debuted on NBC-TV. While commentators have often mistakenly hailed Cole as the first African-American to host a network television show — an honor belonging to jazz pianist and singer Hazel Scott in 1950 — the Cole program was the first of its kind hosted by a star of Nat Cole's magnitude.
United States
June 24, 2008 9:15am CST
Check out the Five Lessons and tell me which one is your favorite. Subject: Five Lessons 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 11:3 0 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to 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 60s.. 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. For those who have never heard of Nat King Cole, here is a little information about him. Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was a popular American jazz singer-songwriter and pianist. Cole first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist, then switched his emphasis to singing, becoming one of the most popular and best known vocalists of all time. 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 is 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 but he had chosen to save her anyway. I think these are 5 great Life Lessons. Which one is your favorite? My favorite lesson is the Fifth lesson - Giving When it Counts... The little boy not only showed great love for his sister, but great courage. Lloyd
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@chiyosan (30194)
• Philippines
25 Jun 08
thank you for sharing these stories with us.
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• United States
25 Jun 08
You are welcome. I'm glad you liked these stories and I hope you share them with your family and friends. Lloyd
• United States
25 Jun 08
Personally, the third one struck me the most. I understand the appeal of the fifth one, but at the same time I figure it's common sense that a brother or sister is going to be willing to give up their life to save a family member if it's necessary. At least, that's how I feel. I'd do it in a heartbeat for any of my immediate family because my loyalty has always been, first and foremost, to my family. Anyways, the reason the third struck me so strongly is because the little boy didn't even notice that the waitress was being snobby (kids don't usually, especially when they're concentrating on their change). He just counted his money, decided he had to leave a tip and got what he could afford. To me, it's the whole "give and take" concept- if you're going to take something, you should give something back. In all areas of life. And I think this simple story demonstrated that idea very powerfully.
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• United States
25 Jun 08
Kids are the greatest. He just wanted to do what he thought was right. He didn't even know that the waitress was acting "snobby" and others were being impatient. I picture that sceen in my mind all the time. The fact that it bought the waitress to tears says it all. Lloyd
• United States
24 Jun 08
What a wonderfull posting thank you it has lesons in it for all of us !
• United States
24 Jun 08
Hello revdauphinee. Thank you so very much for the kind words. You are so right. These lessons have something in them that everyone of us can use to be a better person. By the way, you forgot to tell me which one you liked the best. Lloyd
@onthetop (193)
• United States
24 Jun 08
i liked all the short stories ... that are i think real incidences... i like the last one most .. as the purity of child .. even he thought that he will die after giving his blood to his sister ,which was correct a just misconception, but still he accepetd to give his blood to his sister, just a pure love nothing else and offcourse the kid is very strong and courageous.... the second story i like is the obstacle in out path .. its very truely interpreted .. that if we face obstacle and fight to get rid off we sure get rewards and and offcourse good oppurtunty that may change your life ..... the third one i like is the old lady .. yes its true we met lots of people daily but some we met regulary and atleast we should know their names, i personaly try to know names of each of them .... rest stories are also good the old mans unselfish help and the boy not took sundae as then he not left the tip of person who serves him... but the other three stories i like most ... thanks for sharing alll the stories .. have nice day ...
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• United States
24 Jun 08
Hello onthetop. I also liked all of the short stories. I liked the one about the child the best. He was very loving and couragous. Children have a way of bringing out the best qualities of being human. They have no other motives other than an instinctive desire to do what's right. I'm glad you enjoyed the stories and you have a nice day also. Lloyd
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@subha12 (18452)
• India
25 Jun 08
all the lessons are really nice. in life we forget many people and many thing. but we must remember that all these matter. i find the first one most beautiful.everyone is beautiful.
• United States
25 Jun 08
I really like how you said "the first one is most beautiful". That really says it all. I'm glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for replying to this discussion and have a wonderful day. Lloyd
@Hatley (164257)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Jun 08
My favorite one is also the fifth one as it so often shows up in our lives. this makes me think of the people who unselfishly donate blood every year so its in the blood'bank for anyone who needs it. I had never ever envisioned I would ever need it but one morning a year ago I woke up with stomach cramps and when I got up blood justspurted out of me. so quick to my doctors office andd then taxi cab to the er. there I was admitted at once and kept for five days with bleeding diverticulitis. because of those unknown unselfish donors I was able to be given four pints of blood and cured of my ailment.
• United States
25 Jun 08
Because of your personal experience I can see why lesson #5 was your favorite. You actually benefited from the genorousity of others. It's time to give credit to all who unselfishly donate their blood to help others. Lloyd
• China
25 Jun 08
I like the first story! Everyone is very important, respecting him is about to return ur respect.
• United States
25 Jun 08
I agree with you. "Everyone is very important" regardless of their job, race, social standings, etc. It's important to respect others. Lloyd
@joyouskay (113)
25 Jun 08
I think all 5 are really great lessons, and something I want to share with others. But I agree with you that #5 really takes the cake so to speak. It's a great lesson, especially in this day and age where society is so selfish.
• United States
25 Jun 08
I'm glad you think that all the lessons are great. Feel free to share them with family and friends. Lesson #5 really shows that we don't have to live in a selfish society. Just sharing in time of someone's need can be truly rewarding. Lloyd
@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
25 Jun 08
I was moved by the third one because the child showed thoughtfulness and gratefulness despite being treated that way by the waitress. The fifth story is also moving but I found the third one more appealing. I am not affected with the first story as I see to it that I get to know the person and his/her name especially when I see him/her everyday.
• United States
25 Jun 08
I'm beginning to like that 3rd story more and more. He didn't even realize how he was being treated because he was focused on leaving a tip for the waitress. The fact that his thoughtfulness bought the waitress to tears shows how powerful his simple actions were. Thank you very much for responding and keep treating others with dignity and respect. Lloyd
• United States
25 Jun 08
My favorite is the first. I have seen this before and it has just stuck with me. I actually introduced myself to Gina (the woman who cleans the office that I work in) because of this story. Some time ago one of my employees asked when the cleaning lady comes in. I replied, "I will tell you if you can tell me her name". At first he thought I was joking. He realized I wasn't joking when I told him when the "cleaning lady" comes in for her shift, go introduce himself to her and ask what her name is. He did and that started everyone introducing themselves to her over time. Now everyone knows Gina and she knows everyones name in the office (all 100+ employees). Everyone is equally important no matter what their title. Thanks for sharing all of these stories!
• United States
25 Jun 08
That is such a great story. Sometimes the people who do such an important job as cleaning the office is looked down upon. But I know that Gina feels like part of the family because of your efforts. Regardless of her position, she is still a person with feelings and someone who needs to be part of the social setting of your workplace. I'm glad you enjoy these stories and replied. Lloyd
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
24 Jun 08
I actually loved all of them, I think they are lie lessons that we all should learn and value. number 5 got me a little teary eyed, he was so brave to think he had to give up his life and he did it because of th power of love he had for his sister. I bet that a bond formed that would never be broken. I am saving all these because I find them inspiring and think other would too. We let life pass us by and we rarely think about these things, but we need to start. Thanks for posting this great discussion.
• United States
24 Jun 08
They are 5 great life lessons that we should all value. The boy in #5 was very brave and I also wondered about the bond that developed between he and h is sister. I'm glad you enjoyed this discussion and posted your reply. Thanks, Lloyd