Many years ago, a horse rider came across some soldiers who were trying to move a heavy log without success. The corporal was standing by as the men struggled. The rider asked the corporal why he wasn’t helping. The corporal replied, “I am the corporal; I give orders.”
The rider dismounted, went up and stood by the soldiers and as they were lifting the log, he helped them. With his help, the log got moved.
The rider quietly mounted his horse and went to the corporal and said, “The next time your men need help, send for the Commander-in-Chief.” After he left, the corporal and his men found out that the rider was George Washington.
The Book of Virtues, edited by William J. Bennett, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1993, p. 204.