Tuesday, October 7, 2008
After entering the hospital and taking the elevator to the proper floor, NFL coach Don Shula walked down the hallway and entered a numbered room. He moved toward the bandaged figure on the bed.
The patient recognized him, smiled as best he could, and raised an arm from which several tubes dangled.
Thanks for coming, coach.
How you doing? inquired Shula.
Oh, okay replied the bed-ridden man whose mournful look told a much different story.
There was a long pause as the two men looked at each other. Finally, Shula leaned in – his prominent jaw jutting close to the patient’s face.
Listen, Mike, I need you in training camp in July – on the field, ready to go. We’re going all the way this year.
After recovering from bone cancer, Mike Westhoff, still the special-teams coach for the Miami Dolphins, said of Shula:
I thought he would tuck me in, but he didn’t. He treated me the way I could be, not the way I was.
~Adapted from an article in Success magazine
Impact of job change
A taxi passenger tapped the driver on the shoulder to ask him a question. The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, went up on the footpath, and stopped centimeters from a shop window.
For a second everything went quiet in the cab, and then the driver said: "Look mate, don't ever do that again. You scared me!".
The passenger apologized and said, "I didn't realize that a little tap would scare you so much."
The driver replied, "Sorry, it's not really your fault. Today is my 1st day as a cab driver - I've been driving a van carrying dead Bodies for the last 25 years.