An Important Lesson…

I came across this a while back and do not know who offered this, I did not see a name beneath this writing, but I wanted to share it because as I had said before words are powerful. Also powerful is knowing the names of the people you encounter on a daily basis. I like it when people know me by name, it gives you a sense of belonging, you are not just a mass standing in this world, but someone cared enough to learn your name.

“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.”

We are all worthy, we all play a part in this huge world, we might not look like you think we should or act the way you deem appropriate, but one thing is certain, each and every one of us were created to be on this earth for a reason and we are all in this life together and our paths will cross someone’s path and maybe the test in life is how you will handle that?

How does it make you feel when someone knows you by name – what emotions or feelings does that stir in you?


2 thoughts on “An Important Lesson…

    • I have always felt it is important to learn someone’s name and then speaking their name to them when seeing them out and about or working with them, I believe people have a better connection with those who remember them and call them by their first name or last. I have worked in the medical field for over 28 years and have always tried to learn patient’s or co-workers first names and speak their names when having any dealings with them. We were all given a name for a reason – for it to be spoken. Names also have meanings behind them and so it sets each of us apart from others and often times gives us character. I still encounter many patients or co-workers today that I worked with from years ago and still call them by their first names. I know I like it when people I work with or have dealings with out in the community remember my name and call me by my name – especially when they remember the spelling of my name and the pronunciation of it and speak it correctly. The older I get though, I have a more difficult time remembering names and now I have to recall something about them that stands out to me and connect that to their name – it works 80% of the time and it is more of a challenge today.

      How does it make you feel when someone remembers your name and speaks it correctly and in a positive manner?

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