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A BIG Lift!

We try to teach our children that kindness never goes out of style. I was reminded of it just this morning. 

 When the 9th printing of my book, 101 Ways to Make Your Classroom Special, came in from the printer, I stood in for the publisher and met the freight truck. (Hey, that book has done a lot for me; why not return the favor, right?) Since 18-wheelers need a LOT of room to turn, they generally drop the freight off out front, and someone (ME!) has to break open the pallet and haul the cases to the unit. And it would have taken ALL morning.

As I was signing for the freight, a man appeared from nowhere. He was dressed in workclothes: roughout boots, jeans, work jacket and ball cap. He asked me if I was taking this load inside.

I told him I was.

“Listen, if I can get my forklift to start, I’ll haul it in there for you.”

Somewhat stunned, I believe I said something like, “Uh, okay.”

And that’s exactly what he did. He sat the whole pallet down inside the unit; I didn’t even have to remove the shrink wrapping. It saved me a morning’s work.

I thought of tipping him, but something told me NOT to do it. Good decision; he turned out to be the OWNER of this whole complex and a construction company that builds them! He had seen the freight truck pull in, and thought he might be able to help.

In times when a lot of folks TALK about customer service, this man DROVE the point home … with a lift truck.

He’s got ALL of my business.

 James D. Sutton, Psychologist


I wrote a couple of FREE e-books you might find helpful. Just click on the titles below to download them.

 Resolving Conflicts with Your Children (for parents and teachers)

Help Johnny WANT to Write (for teachers, helpful to parents)


February 6, 2008 - Posted by | Educators, family, Inspirational | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. I love how angels turn up in our life, and this one in work clothes, very cool!


    Comment by tobeme | February 13, 2008 | Reply

  2. Lift trucks are use din industrial areas. Its a material handling equipment. By the use of lift trucks its very easy to move the high weigh goods.


    Comment by Lift truck | September 19, 2008 | Reply

  3. Lift trucks are mostly used in industrial areas. These are material handling equipments. By the use of lift trucks its very easy to move the high weigh goods.


    Comment by Lift truck | September 19, 2008 | Reply

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