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A short story about an important principle

Posted by thecrazyteacher on novembre 20, 2018

“Try to Treat Others as You Would Want Them to Treat You”

Now read the short story about this important principle.

There is a very mean, nasty man named Mr. Douglas who lives on the fourth floor of an apartment building. He is so rude to his neighbors that no one even knows his first name is Adam. He never says hello to anyone, and he leaves his garbage out in the hallway. He constantly complains about all his neighbors and the noise they make.
He even gets upset when the couple who live next door to him, Catherine and David, have a baby. Instead of saying congratulations, he loudly complains about how the baby will surely cry all night.
Suddenly, one day when he is leaving his apartment, Mr. Douglas sees that his garbage is gone. In its place, he finds a note from David. “Good morning, Mr. Douglas. I saw your garbage here, and since I was on my way out, I picked it up for you. I wanted to save you a trip. Have a nice day, David.”
Mr. Douglas does not know what to think. Maybe David is not very smart. Mr. Douglas has been very mean and rude to him, but David has done something nice. Deciding to ignore this kind act, Mr. Douglas begins thinking about the terrible traffic he will surely have to deal with on his way to work.
But as time goes on, Mr. Douglas starts to feel a little silly. No matter how rude he is, Catherine and David always smile at him when they pass in the hallway and politely say hello. It becomes harder and harder for him not to simply say hello back.
One day, Mr. Douglas finds another note outside his door. It is from Catherine and David, saying they are very sorry about the noise. Their baby son is not feeling well, so he cried a lot last night. The note says they hope the baby did not interrupt Mr. Douglas’s sleep.
Now he feels really silly, because he did not even hear the baby. He slept with his fan on because of the heat, and that covered the noise of the baby crying.
When he sees Catherine and David that afternoon, they both look very tired. He says hello politely and thanks them for their note. They are so nice to him that he cannot be rude. After a few weeks, Mr. Douglas is always happy to see Catherine and David in the hall. They even start calling him Adam.
Finally, they invite Mr. Douglas into their apartment for a cup of coffee. As they talk, he admits that he and his wife got a divorce a year ago. He has been so upset about it that he has been rude to everyone he knows.
Catherine and David say they are very sorry to hear this news. They thought maybe Mr. Douglas was unhappy about something. They hope he feels better soon.
Mr. Douglas is very glad that they have treated him with so much tolerance, compassion, and friendliness. He cannot help but appreciating and respecting them for it. He will try to do the same with the people he meets. Now he knows the importance of treating other people as he would like to be treated.

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