While in Orlando conducting my course “Self Fulfilled-How to be a Publisher” a reader sent this very important message to me. Nothing to do with cash…but actually everything.
Recently a read from Australia shared some infinite wisdom when he passed on a short note that said,
“work…like you don't need the money, love as if you've never been hurt…dance as if no one can see.
In our busy schedule I did not pass it on, but then when this message arrived from another reader I had to take the time to share them both.
My ultimate decision process is determined by what I call the 30 second rule. “How will I feel about this when I know its the last thirty seconds of my life.” This does not seem to have anything to do with money and wealth, but as you learn from the message below. Attitude is everything.
Here is what the reader shared:
I thought you may appreciate this I came across too:
Five Great Lessons In Life:
First Important Lesson...
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
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 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
"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 it was Dorothy.
Second Important Lesson....
"Pickup in the Rain"
One night, at 11:30pm, an older black 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 wet, she
decided to flag down a passing car. A young white man
stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those
conflict-filled days of the 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 Yours, Mrs.
Nat King Cole
Third Important Lesson...
Always remember those who serve you.
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
"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
By now more people were waiting for a table and the
waitress was growing impatient.
"Thirty-five cents," 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 his 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.
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
FIFTH IMPORTANT LESSON...
Giving When It Counts...
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a
hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz, who
was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her
only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood
transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had
miraculously survived the same disease and had
developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.
The doctor explained the situation to her little
brother and asked the little boy if he would be
willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him
hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath
"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
understanding and attitude, after all, is everything
May every blessing be yours!