作者: 崔鹤同 摘自<<家庭>>期刊
One day in the afternoon, in the garden of the famous Giant Elephant Group Headquarter Building located in Manhattan, New York, a gray-haired old man was concentrating on trimming low shrubs.
All of a sudden, a mass of tissue was thrown from somewhere on the trimmed shrubs. The white tissue was especially dazzling on the green shrubs. The old man looked up and saw a middle-aged woman sitting on a bench in the garden who threw the tissue. The woman kept groaning to her son while looking at the old man with great contempt. The old man did not say anything and picked up the tissue and put it into the garbage can.
At this moment, another mass of tissue flew over again. “Mum, what are you doing?” the boy asked with surprise. His mother waved at him, indicating him to keep silent. This time, the old man did not say anything again and picked up the tissue and then put it into the garbage can again. However, when the old man picked up the scissor again, a third tissue fell on the shrubs in front of him again. The same situation happened consecutively and the old man picked up the tissues the woman threw for six times yet without showing any dissatisfaction or irritation.
“I hope you can understand that if you do not study hard, you will be as useless as the old gardener who can only do this humble job!” The woman pointed to the old man and educated her son.
Not until then did the old man realize the woman felt angry because her son did not study well and that she wanted her son to know the significance of studies by taking the old man as a live example.
At hearing what the woman said, the old man put down the scissor and walked to her, saying, “Madam, this is the private garden for Giant Elephant Group and only the staff can be admitted to be here.”
The woman took out a document and shook it in front of the old man, saying with great arrogance, “I am a department manager in the company and working in this building!”
“May I borrow your mobile phone?” The old man said after thinking for a minute.
The woman handed her phone to him reluctantly. The old man dialed a number and said several words simply. The woman, by taking this chance, educated her son again, “Look at this poor guy! He is so old now but still too poor to afford a phone. So you should work harder in the future!”
At this time, the woman suddenly saw the head of the HR department coming up hastily and smiling to the old man with great respect. The old man pointed at the woman and said, “Now I am proposing to sack this lady from our company!” “Yes, dear Mr President! I will follow your order!” The head of HR department replied.
The old man walked to the boy and stroked his head gently, saying seriously, “Dear little boy, I hope you can understand that though you have a lot to learn, what you must learn first is to respect every person.”