The greatest gift is the smile you give to your brother

I’m in corporate training so it was fun to watch this old video McDonald’s produced for their employees to train them to be courteous. Would you agree with me that now it seems a little patron-izing? 😉

Part 1: Can I have a cheeseburger?

Part 2: But what could you do with that “don’t care” attitude?

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4 responses to “The greatest gift is the smile you give to your brother

  1. Hey!

    Did you know that in Islam there is a saying of the Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him…

    “There is no person who does not have the obligation of (doing) charity every day that the sun rises.”

    “Indeed the gates to goodness are many: glorifying God, praising Him, magnifying Him, saying ‘There is no god but Allah,’ enjoining the good and forbidding the wrong, removing (any source of) harm from the road, making the deaf hear (and understand), guiding the blind, showing the seeker his need, striving as far as your two legs could carry you and with deep concern to give succor to him who asks, carrying with the strength of your arms (the burdens of) the weak. All these are (acts of) charity.” And he added, >, your removing of stones, thorns, and bones from people’s paths is charity, and your guiding a man gone astray in the world is charity for you.”

  2. > “And your smiling in the face of your brother is charity”

  3. What a beautiful passage. Thank you for sharing this. The image of clearing the path for someone’s path is wonderful. This reminds me of Paul’s teachings on charity in the New Testament (it is nice to see parallels between our faiths):

    1 Corinthians 13:

    1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
    2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
    3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
    4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
    5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
    6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
    7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
    8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
    9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
    10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
    11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
    12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
    13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

  4. If you have ever seen the movie “Kingdom of Heaven”…

    Baliean is told a prayer in arabic that translates “Praise be to Allah (God), it is proper to Praise Him.

    Baliean then remarks… “sounds like our prayers”

    With so many paralells between faiths, it is amazing that people fight over religious beliefs.

    I know that the Qur’an says in chapter 103, that mankind suffers loss, except those of faith, who do good, become a model of truthful living and *Together* practice patience and constancy.

    We should embrace our diversity, understand our similarities and ultimately work better, faster and smarter, together.

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