Lesson For Life (Weekly Inspiration #7)

Here is a good one I would like to dedicate to all of my friends and former students who just graduated from Dubai American Academy.  I am sure you got a lot of advice this past week, but as you go out into the “real” world, this might be worth keeping in mind.  For the rest of us who are not graduating……it is just as good….

Lesson for Life

During my second month of nursing school, 
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’ve also never forgotten her name was Dorothy.

Everyone we meet has a story.  All of them have a family, childhood memories, gifts, challenges, and dreams.  Everyone we meet is a complete person just as we are.  No one is defined solely by their clothes, job, position, friends, age, gender, religion, politics, nationality, or socioeconomic status.  We are all in this life together, doing the best we can.  Today look at the people around the edges of your life and take the time to learn their names.  Next week, I will post a story that will explain how this can change the world!

  1. June 5th, 2010

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