Show how much you care
A writer friend tells of a friend who lived in Washington, who woke one morning to find his left arm was paralyzed. He could not feel a single thing in his left hand. He rushed to the office of a neurosurgeon in Bethesda who had administered to many high-ranking officials in the past. He told the doctor about his arm. The doctor, in a heavy accent, replied, “Do not fear, you have come to the right place. See my credentials on the wall. I know what to do.”
The writer’s friend said, “Doctor, my hand, I can’t feel a thing!”
“It’s nothing,” said the doctor. “I happen to be an expert in the field. See those other certificates, it shows you as much.” “But,” said the man, “Did I have a stroke? I can’t feel…”
“Be patient,” the doctor interrupted. “You are in good hands. See that other cer tificate. That’s for when I spoke at that great institution you see mentioned on the wall.”
With that, my writer’s friend left and went to his neighborhood doctor, who told him, “My friend, you just slept on your arm. If the feeling doesn’t come back by dinnertime, give me a call.”
The writer’s moral to this simple story is something we all need to remember: People don’t care how much you know unless they know how much you care!
As we come to the weeks before these special religious times for many people of many faiths in this country, please take this simple reminder to heart in your dealings with others: People really do not care how much you know unless they see how much you care.