It's not what you say, but how you say it.
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Full of wisdom. . . . And very brief.
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The Cab Ride
"People always say "Motivation is great but it doesn't last." I just tell them, bathing does not last either, that is why I recommend it daily." Zig Ziglar
I must remind myself daily to follow this is truly beautiful lesson ...............
The Cab Ride
I arrived at the address and honked the horn. after waiting a few minutes I walked to the door and knocked.
'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice.
I could hear something being dragged across the floor.
After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in
her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a
print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned
on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.
By her side was a small nylon suitcase.
The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years.
All the furniture was covered with sheets.
There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils
on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard
box filled with photos and glassware.
'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said.
I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.
She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.
She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I
told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers
the way I would want my mother to be treated.'
'Oh, you're such a good
boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave
me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive
'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly.
'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry.
I'm on my way to a hospice.
I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening.
'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice.
'The doctor says I don't have very long.'
I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.
'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.
For the next two hours, we drove through the city.
She showed me the building where she had once worked
as an elevator operator.
We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in
front of a furniture warehouse that had once
been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.
Sometimes she'd ask me to slow
in front of a particular building or corner and
would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said,
'I'm tired.Let's go now'.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was
a low building, like a small convalescent home,
with a driveway that passed under a portico.
Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.
I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to
the door. The woman was already seated in a
'How much do I owe you?'
She asked, reaching into her purse.
'Nothing,' I said
'You have to make a living,' she answered.
'There are other passengers,' I responded.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.
She held onto me tightly.
'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,'
she said.'Thank you.'
I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning
light.. Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound
of the closing of a life..
I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift.
I drove aimlessly lost in thought.
For the rest of that day,I could hardly talk.
What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,
or one who was impatient to end his shift?
What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked
once, then driven away?
On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything
more important in my life.
We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve
around great moments.
But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully
wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID,
OR WHAT YOU SAID
THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.
A Great Lesson on Stress
A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question,
'Half empty or half full?'
She fooled them all.
"How heavy is this glass of water?"
she inquired with a smile.
Answers called out ranged from
8 oz. To 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
She continued, "and that's the way it
is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."
"As with the glass of water, you
have to put it down for a while and
rest before holding it again.
When we're refreshed, we can
carry on with the burden - holding
stress longer and better each time practiced.
So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Pick them up again tomorrow if you must.
1 * Accept the fact that some days
you're the pigeon, and some days
you're the statue!
2 * Always keep your words soft and
sweet, just in case you have to
3 * Always read stuff that will
make you look good if
you die in the middle of it.
4 * Drive carefully...
It's not only cars that can
be recalled by their Maker.
5 * If you can't be kind,
at least have the decency
to be vague.
6 * If you lend someone $20 and
never see that person again,
it was probably worth it.
7 * It may be that
your sole purpose in life is
simply to serve as
a warning to others.
8 * Never buy a car you can't push.
9 * Never put both feet in your mouth
at the same time, because
then you won't have a leg
to stand on.
10 * Nobody cares if
you can't dance well.
Just get up and dance.
11 * Since it's the early worm that
gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.
13 * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
14 * Birthdays are good for you.
The more you have,
the longer you live.
16 * Some mistakes are
too much fun to make only once.
17 * We could learn a lot from crayons.
Some are sharp, some are pretty
and some are dull. Some have
weird names and all are different
colors, but they all have to live
in the same box.
18 * A truly happy person is one
who can enjoy the scenery
on a detour.