Some interesting and revealing incidents from the life of Albert Einstein who was recently honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century.
One day during a speaking tour, Albert Einstein’s driver, who often sat at the back of the hall during his lectures, remarked that he could probably give the lecture himself, having heard it so many times. Sure enough, at the next stop on the tour, Einstein and the driver switched places, with Einstein sitting at the back in his driver’s uniform.
Having delivered a flawless lecture, the driver was asked a difficult question by a member of the audience. “Well, the answer to that question is quite simple,” he casually replied. “I bet my driver, sitting up at the back there, could answer it!”
Albert Einstein’s wife often suggested that he dress more professionally when he headed off to work. “Why should I?” he would invariably argue. “Everyone knows me there.” When the time came for Einstein to attend his first major conference, she begged him to dress up a bit. “Why should I?” said Einstein. “No one knows me there!”
Albert Einstein was often asked to explain the general theory of relativity. “Put your hand on a hotstove for a minute, and it seems like an hour,” he once declared. “Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity!”
When Albert Einstein was working in Princeton university, one day he was going back home he forgot his home address. The driver of the cab did not recognise him. Einstein asked the driver if he knows Einstein’s home. The driver said “Who does not know Einstein’s address? Everyone in Princeton knows.Do you want to meet him?. Einstein replied “I am Einstein. I forgot my home address, can you take me there? “The driver reached him to his home and did not even collect his fare from him.
Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn’t there, so he looked in his briefcase but couldn’t find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn’t find it.
The conductor said, ‘Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.’
Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.
The conductor rushed back and said, ‘Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don’t worry, I know who you are. No problem. You don’t need a ticket. I’m sure you bought one.
Einstein looked at him and said, ‘Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I’m going.’
The old man shuffled slowly into the restaurant. With head tilted, and shoulders bent forward, he leaned on his trusty cane with each unhurried step.
His tattered cloth jacket, patched trousers, worn out shoes, and warm personality made him stand out from the usual Saturday morning breakfast crowd. Unforgettable were his pale blue eyes that sparkled like diamonds, large rosy cheeks, and thin lips held in a tight, steady smile.
He stopped, turned with his whole body, and winked at a little girl seated by the door. She flashed a big grin right back at him. A young waitress named Mary watched him shuffle toward a table by the window.
Mary ran over to him, and said, “Here, Sir. Let me give you a hand with that chair.”
Without saying a word, he smiled and nodded a thank you. She pulled the chair away from the table. Steadying him with one arm, she helped him move in front of the chair, and get comfortably seated. Then she scooted the table up close to him, and leaned his cane against the table where he could reach it.
In a soft, clear voice he said, “Thank you, Miss. And bless you for your kind gestures.”
“You’re welcome, Sir.” She replied. “And my name is Mary. I’ll be back in a moment, and if you need anything at all in the mean time, just wave at me!”
After he had finished a hearty meal of pancakes, bacon, and hot lemon tea, Mary brought him the change from his ticket. He left it lay. She helped him up from his chair, and out from behind the table. She handed him his cane, and walked with him to the front door.
Holding the door open for him, she said, “Come back and see us, Sir!”
He turned with his whole body, winked a smile, and nodded a thank you. “You are very kind.” he said softly.
When Mary went to clean his table, she almost fainted. Under his plate she found a business card and a note scribbled on a napkin. Under the napkin was a one hundred dollar bill.
The note on the napkin read…
“Dear Mary, I respect you very much, and you respect yourself too. It shows by the way you treat others. You have found the secret of happiness. Your kind gestures will shine through those who meet you.”
The man she had waited on was the owner of the restaurant where she worked. This was the first time that she, or any of his employees had ever seen him in person.
One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. Being embarrased however, Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water to the lady who opened the door. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?” She replied.”You don’t owe me anything. Mother has taught me that a good deed never goes waste. it always comes back to you”. He said…..”Then I thank you from my heart.” As the young boy left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also.
Year’s later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. He rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.
Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best for his patient since she was suffering from a rare disease. From that day he worked very hard researching, doing different investigations,trying everything he could to save her life.
After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval so that he could write his charges.
The bill was then sent to the lady. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. She may have to sell her house to pay the bill.She may have to stay on the streets for the rest of her life.
Finally she looked, the bill had an enormous amount written in it and she knew that all was lost.
But something caught her attention on the side of the bill.
It read….. ” Your Bill paid in full with a glass of milk. A good deed never goes waste. it always comes back to you.” (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly
Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that Your love has spread abroad through human hearts and hands.”
3 friends. Eric, Cathlyn, Carol. Eric was chased by all the girls in our high school. Cathlyn was one of those popular girls. Cheerleader, sexy, and stylish. Carol was just one of those plain and average girls . Cathlyn and Carol were both totally crazy and wacko over Eric. Cathlyn didn’t have to do anything to attract Eric. For she was already attractive enough. Carol on the other hand, showered Eric which love and care. Carol wasn’t ugly at all. In fact, she looked sweet and pleasant. But she wasn’t a cheerleader, she didn’t were spaghetti-straps or tubes. So like everyone expected, Eric chose Cathlyn. For Carol was just one ordinary and plain girl. While Cathlyn was labele d as the cool and attractive type.
Eric always insulted Carol.
Telling her what a ‘Plain Jane’ she was. And how dumb she looked. Which obviously made Carol feel so hurt and useless. That’s life. Carol never gave up though. She wanted to prove something to Eric. She wanted to prove that looks aren’t everything. She studied hard, really hard. She became the top girl, and all the guys who once ignored her, chased her.
But she never forgot Eric. Everyday, she put a red rose in Eric’s locker. Always with the same words. ‘I care for you, and I always will’ Because she knew that Eric was facing a hard time. Eric began to realise. How dumb he had been. His beloved girlfriend, Cathlyn. Was flirting with other guys. He regretted for choosing the wrong girl.
Cathlyn broke up with Eric later. For she had found a wealthier guy. Eric felt so cheated, stupid and dumb. He went to look for Carol. He knelt on his knees, and said. “Carol, please forgive me. Do you want to be my girlfriend?” Carol rejected him, much to everyone’s surprise. She only uttered these words. “You’ve suffered a great loss, so I don’t want you to face another one”
Eric felt disappointed. He didn’t understand a word that she said to him. But they became good friends. Did everything together. Eric began to change into someone better. Because Carol showered him with the love he never experienced before. His ex-girlfriends had never treated him that way. They just accepted him for his looks. But Carol accepted him for himself . She changed him. Carol continued putting a red rose into his locker everyday. With the same words. She never forgot.
One day, Carol didn’t turn up in school. She didn’t come for a week. At first, Eric thought that she was on a vacation with her family. Because she told him that she would be going mumbai with them. But one day. He received a call from the General Hospital. Saying that Carol was about to die. She had been suffering from cancer. But Carol forbade them from telling him. Because she didn’t want Eric to worry about her. But now that she was about to die. She wanted to see Eric for the last time. Eric rushed to the hospital. When he saw how weak Carol was. Tears began rushing down his cheeks. He whispered. “Why didn’t you tell me earlier? Why did you hide this from me?” She looked at him . And smiled weakly at him.
“When I said that I didn’t want you to suffer from facing another loss, I meant this. I didn’t want to tell you because I didn’t want you to worry. I wanted to spend my last days with you cheerfully.” Eric looked at her. “You can’t leave me!” he said. “What will I be without you?” “You’ll be who you are now. I will always be there by your side. Never forget that. Cherish those times. Live life happily. And one more thing.”
“Yes?” “I love you” And she died. Eric screamed. He still couldn’t accept Carol’s death. He had only spent a month with Carol.
A month. But Carol changed his life in a way. A way that no one could ever explain. He regretted. But he knew that Carol would always be keeping an eye on him from Heaven. Sometimes We just don’t appreciate those people who really care for us. Until they leave us. Until we lose them. Then we regret. Outer beauty doesn’t matter; it’s the inner one that counts. It’s better to tell someone how much you love them. Rather than to not tell them and lose them without telling them. You’ll regret Love is. When we fight till the very last minute. Just to show and tell someone how much we love them.