"5 IMPORTANT LESSIONS TO LIVE BY"
1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.
During my second month of college, 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 50's, 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.
This is completely true! My husband and I went to the same orthodontist in high school. He would say the name of one of the assistants and I would have no clue whom he was referring to. He said, "you don't know any of the assistants names?" And I didn't. I guess I didn't think it was important, but he did. Likewise, the other day I called my vet clinic to make an appointment for my parents' cat. I didn't recognize the name of the woman who answered the phone, but when I gave her my name she said, "oh hi!" as if she knew who I was. This is probably true, but I only know the names of the actual doctors. It makes me feel snooty that I don't take the time to learn the names of everyone in an office, not just those in charge.