I had a great read again this morning about kindness and courtesy. It just proves to say that –
The simple virtues of willingness, readiness, alertness and courtesy will carry a person farther than mere smartness.
The article goes like this:
Many years ago, an elderly man and his wife entered the lobby of a small Philadelphia hotel. “All the big places are filled,” the man said. “Can you give us a room?”
The receptionist replied that with three conventions in town, no accommodation was available anywhere. “Every room is taken”, he said. But then added, “but I can’t send a nice couple like you out into the rain at one o’clock in the morning. Would you be willing to sleep in my room?”
The next morning as he paid his bill, the elderly man said to the reception, “You are the kind of manager who should be the boss of the best hotel in the United States. Maybe someday I’ll build one for you.” The receptionist laughed and forgot about the incident. About two years later, however, he received a letter containing a round-trip ticket to New York and a request that he be the guest of the elderly couple he had befriended.
Once in New York, the old man led the younger man to the corner of Fifth Avenue and Thirty-fourth Street, where he pointed an incredible new building and declared, “That is the hotel I have just built for you to manage.”
The young man, Georg C Boldt, accepted the offer of William Waldorf Astor to become the manager of the original Waldorf-Astoria, considered the finest hotel in the world in its time.
The Waldorf Astoria and Towers spans an entire Midtown Manhattan block, 49th to 50th Street from Park to Lexington Avenues and boasts 1413 hotel rooms.
The luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in New York, is one of the city’s most iconic hotels and a favourite with celebrities and presidents. Famous celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Presidents Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower kept personal suites at the hotel for millions of dollars a year fee.
Overall this story tells us that courtesy, respect and kindness, however small, is never wasted.
“No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.”
Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. – Princess Diana
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