Be friendly to everyone. Those who deserve it the least need it the most.
As you know I take great pleasure in getting to meet and greet the most important people in my world. They are not the super stars or the high profile achievers; they are the people who make my life a little better through what they do for me. Unfortunately they are the same people we overlook and often take for granted and yet if it were not for them our lives would be miserable. They are the servers who go out of their way to provide us food with a smile, they are the guys who pick up our trash, the teacher that works to educate our children, the barber that cuts our hair and the mailman who brings us the outside world each day. The list is long and yet we often make contact and then just move on paying them little attention. It doesn’t have to be that way, we can let them know we appreciate them; all we have to do is treat them as being as important as they really are.
A friend told me the other day that it appeared that I treated everyone as a friend and no one as a stranger. I hope that’s true and I am sure it is one of the reasons why I get treated much better than I deserve.
Here is a story from an unknown author that someone sent to me a few years ago. I hope that you like it as much as I do.
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 her name was Dorothy.
Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness.
A group of young children were sitting in a circle with their teacher. She was going around in turn asking them all questions.
"Davy, what noise does a cow make?"
"It goes moo."
"Alice, what noise does a cat make?"
"It goes meow."
"Jamie, what sound does a lamb make?"
"It goes baaa."
"Jennifer, what sound does a mouse make?"
"Errr.., it goes.. click!"
Be careful reading the fine print. There's no way you're going to like it.
A nervous taxpayer was unhappily conversing with the IRS Tax auditor who had come to review his records. At one point the auditor exclaimed,
"Mr. Carr, we feel it is a great privilege to be allowed to live and work in the USA. As a citizen you have an obligation to pay taxes, and we expect you to eagerly pay them with a smile."
"Thank goodness," returned Mr. Carr, with a giant grin on his face from ear to ear" "I thought you were going to want me to pay with cash."
"If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, best take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there."
How does Janice like being pregnant?" Bob asked his friend John.
"Oh, she's not pregnant," John replied, "she's expecting."
"What's the difference?" Bob pressed.
Well, John explained, "She's expecting me to cook dinner, she's expecting me to do the housework, she's expecting me to rub her feet . . ."
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder...
A C-141 was preparing for departure from Thule Greenland, and they were waiting for the truck to arrive to pump out the aircraft's sewage holding tank. The Aircraft Commander was in a hurry, but the truck was late in arriving, and the Airman performing the job was extremely slow in getting the tank pumped out.When the Aircraft Commander berated the Airman for his lack of speed and promised punishment, the Airman responded:
"Sir, I have no stripes, it is 20 below zero, I am stationed in Thule, Greenland, and I am pumping crap out of airplanes. Just what are you planning to do to punish me?"
Few women admit their age, Few men act it!
A blonde was summoned to court to appear as a witness in a lawsuit. The prosecutor opened his questioning with, "Where were you the night of August 24th?"
"Objection!" said the defense attorney. "Irrelevant!"
"Oh, that's okay," said the blonde from the witness stand. "I don't mind answering the question."
"I object!" the defense said again.
"No, really," said the blonde. "I'll answer."
The judge ruled "If the witness insists on answering, there is no reason for the defense to object."
So the prosecutor repeated the question "Where were you the night of August 24th?"
The blonde replied brightly, "I don't remember!"
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but it seems like the horses have it all.
A property manager of single family residence was showing a unit to prospective tenants and asking the usual questions. "Professionally employed?" he asked.
"We're a military family," the wife answered.
"Oh, yes! Ages nine and twelve," she answered proudly.
"Oh, no," she said earnestly. "They're very well behaved."
“Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people's souls.”
On my way to a picnic, I stopped at a fast-food place to order a quart of potato salad. "We don't sell it by the quart," the clerk snapped.
"Okay, then give me two pints, please," I replied.
I'm proud to say I held my tongue when she asked, "Do you want it in one container?"
Sometimes just a smile on our face,
Can help to make this world a better place.
Stand up for the things that are right.
Try to talk things out instead of fight.
Lend a hand when you can, get involved this is good.
You can help to make a difference in your neighborhood.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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