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Here around the fire I will share a story from my good friend from Texas her name is Nakoa

1 - Most Important Lesson

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 also learned that her name was Dorothy.

2 - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 PM, 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 & getting wet, she decided to flag down the next car.
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 taxi cab.
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- 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."he little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have
the plain ice cream," he said.The waitress brought the ice cream, put thebill 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 ahospital a little girl was
suffering from a rare and serious disease.Her only chance of recovery
appeared to be a bloodtransfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had
miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the
antibodies needed to combat theillness.

The doctor explained the situation to her littlebrother, and asked the little boy if he would be
willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw himhesitate 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. You see, after all, understanding and attitude, are everything.

We all can learn many things by taking the time to see beyond the way one
looks or how young one is .There are many lessons in everything  here on Mother Earth.
My advice is to look at the things around you with more than just your eyes, use your mind
your soul and your heart ,let them guide you to determine the out come of your thoughts
and your actions toward all mankind.

O:nen  Ogen'akwa Okwa're. Golden Bear aka Bill