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. “50¢,” 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. “35¢!” 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.
How often do you overlook the people around you?
I live out in the country and go to town once a week.
Yesterday I was in town and see homeless or out of work people on the corners begging for food or money. Before I left home I made a conscious
decision to give to someone in need. As I was leaving the parking lot there
was a man with a cardboard sign waiting and hoping for people to give him their spare change. I rolled down the window and handed him two dollars. He asked me about the business magnet that I have on the side of the car and said he had the items I was offering to pay cash for. I couldn’t stop long enough because the light had changed and there were people behind me so I went around the block and returned so I could give him my card with phone number. Maybe he’ll call and I’ll be able to give him more money for the items I need.
This experience made me think about how many missed opportunities I have because my blinders were on. What about you?