Do Unto Others

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
January 15, 2011

One stormy night many years ago, an elderly man and
his wife entered the lobby of a small hotel in
Philadelphia. Trying to get out of the rain, the
couple approached the front desk hoping to get some
shelter for the night.

“Could you possibly give us a room here?” the husband
asked. The clerk, a friendly man with a winning smile,
looked at the couple and explained that there were
three conventions in town.

“All of our rooms are taken,” the clerk said. “But I
can’t send a nice couple like you out into the rain at
one o’clock in the morning. Would you perhaps be
willing to sleep in my room? It’s not exactly a
but it will be good enough to make you folks
comfortable for the night.”

When the couple declined, the young man pressed on.
“Don’t worry about me; I’ll make out just fine,” the
clerk told them. So the couple agreed.

As he paid his bill the next morning, the elderly man
said to the clerk, “You are the kind of manager who
should be the boss of the best hotel in the United
States. Maybe someday I’ll build one for you.”

The clerk looked at them and smiled. The three of
them had a good laugh.

As they drove away, the elderly couple agreed that
the helpful clerk was indeed exceptional, as finding
people who are both friendly and helpful isn’t easy.

Two years passed. The clerk had almost forgotten the
incident when he received a letter from the old man.
It recalled that stormy night and enclosed a
round-trip ticket to New York, asking the young man to
pay them a visit.

The old man met him in New York, and led him to the
corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. He then
pointed to a great new building there, a palace of
reddish stone, with turrets and watchtowers thrusting
up to the sky.

“That,” said the older man, “is the hotel I have just
built for you to manage.”

“You must be joking,” the young man said.

“I can assure you, I am not,” said the older man, a sly
smile playing around his mouth.

The older man’s name was William Waldorf Astor, and
the magnificent structure was the original
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

The young clerk who became its first manager was
George C. Boldt. This young clerk never foresaw the
turn of events that would lead him to become the
manager of one of the world’s most glamorous hotels.

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  1. Worn to Won said:

    If we can be trusted with little……………………..


  2. You never really know how far a little act of kindness will get you


  3. I needed this one today!!!! Thanks–and no tissues…yes! Take care, Kenny! 😀 – Amy


  4. Well, I read this after having read Genesis 39-41. Two years passed for Joseph in prison whle the chief butler “forgot” to mention Joseph to the pharaoh. However, God did not forget Joseph in prison (unjustlly imprisoned at that) and elevated Joseph to a high ranking position in Egypt. The two incidents (the hotel story and Joseph) seem to correlate. Also, I read the biography of Hilton years ago. It was his dream to own the Waldorf Astoria, which eventually happened. Wondering.


    • Thanks for your comments… I look forward to them on each post!!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  5. 1 What a story. Just facebooked it. Too good not to share! Keep up the good work. You are making a difference in the lives of others.


  6. I love the story, and I plan on using it in my next post, what goes around, comes around again.


  7. We never know what God has planned for our life, If we strive to follow him and live our life through Jesus example, he has a wonderful plan for our life. May not always turn out to be a Job at a Posh Hotel but we will definitely have the Joy of working with God along the way.


  8. Lyn said:

    You just never know…. Hebrews 13:2 🙂


  9. How God loves to engineer circumstances to bless his children! What a delightful story. Makes me think, too. I want to be like George, gracious and kind to all, not expecting any reward, just the deep satisfaction of brightening another person’s day.

    P.S. Thank you for stopping by , From the Inside Out. I’m glad you found “Decision-Making Discoveries” meaningful.


  10. ‘Do unto others’ indeed. I wish everyone could learn that lesson!


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