The Gilbert family did not start out so well. They had a problem from the beginning…maybe it was because they were so good looking; their sleek white or black surfaces caused heads to turn wherever they went. And they were complete – a bookshelf, a file cabinet and a desk…who could ask for anything more.
But all was not perfect; in school, they were very pushy; when it was time to wash their hands before lunch they would shove other kids out of the way to be at the sink first; in class, they would shout the answers before it was their turn, and at snack time they would gobble up their own and then grab snacks from the other kids. No one wanted to play with them or sit next to them and would run away when they saw them coming.
Fortunately, one day, the teacher called the principal and said;
“The Gilberts are out of control, you need to talk to them.” A short time later, they were called into the Principal’s office.
“Gilbert children, we need to talk!”
When they were quiet, the Principal said: “How would you feel if the other children pushed ahead of you in line, answered questions when it wasn’t their turn, and worst of all, ate your snacks?”
The Gilberts looked at each other and after a few seconds said in unison:
“We really wouldn’t like it!”
“Okay then,” the Principal said, “Stop doing it to others”!
And the very next day, when the Gilbert kids came to school, they were careful about their behavior, and respectful to the other children.”
And because of that not only were they beautiful looking but absolutely so popular it was difficult for the furniture stores to keep them in stock. And all because they learned the simple rule that if you are nice to others, others will be nice to you.