Do you like the way you are living now? Are you happy about the way you come so far? If your answer is “yes” you can go keep straight on the same way you came.
But popular answer is “NO “. Why is that? Why people don’t like the way they came? Or why they don’t like the way they are now?
You have to turn your head to the way you came. Find what is wrong? What are your mistakes. Then put them all away from head. You will feel a relief. Then start looking at future. How I make my life happy again?
You will need a motivation. Find a good friend to motivate you. And start making life on your own way.
I’m writing this letter to help you in a different way. Motivational short stories with moral can guide you and teach you lessons in their own way. These are the best motivational short stories I found from hundreds of short stories. After reading them I became speechless. I learned new ways to look at the world. And also I learned many things and learned what the mistakes I did my life so far are. I know that will work for you too.
After each story I have added what is the moral we can take from this story. And you can go to the stories you prefer by following links.
So…….Let’s start reading.
STRUGGLES OF OUR LIFE
Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of ﬁghting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.
Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He ﬁlled three pots with water and placed each on a high ﬁre. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter.
The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. Then he pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.
Turning to her, he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”
“Potatoes, eggs and coffee,” she hastily replied.
“Look closer”, he said, “and touch the potatoes.”
She did and noted that they were soft.
He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.
“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.
He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity-the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently. The potato went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new. “Which one are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”
MORAL: In life, things happen around us, but the only thing that truly matters is how you choose to react to it and what you make out of it. Life is all about leaning, adopting and converting all the struggles that we experience into something positive.
The Wise Judge
Two women were brought before King Solomon. Both these women had a quarrel over a single baby. Each woman was saying that she was the baby’s mother.
One lady said, “Oh King! I am the baby’s mother”.
The other lady said, “Oh King! Believe her not. She is not the mother. I am the mother of the child”.
King Solomon was confused. After a deep thought he said, “Cut the baby into two and give one part to each mother”. One woman was silent. The other cried “Oh King! Let she have the baby. Let the baby live”. The king gave the child to the crying mother.
MORAL : Truth Always Triumphs.
The Proud Donkey
There was a sculptor who carved beautiful idols of gods and goddesses. One day he had to take an idol of a goddess to a rich man. He mounted the idol on a donkey and started.
As they walked along people started to admire the idol. Some stopped to admire and some bowed in respect for the goddess. The foolish donkey thought that people were admiring him.
The donkey stopped half way through. He began to bray loudly. The sculptor tried gentle words and actions to pacify him. But he did not move. At last the sculptor took a hard stick and thrashed the donkey. He came back to his senses and walked on humbly.
MORAL : A nod for the wise and a rod for the fool.
Smartest man in the world
A doctor, a lawyer, a little boy and a priest were out for a Sunday afternoon ﬂight on a small private plane. Suddenly, the plane developed engine trouble. In spite of the best efforts of the pilot, the plane started to go down. Finally, the pilot grabbed a parachute and yelled to the passengers that they better jump, and he himself bailed out. Unfortunately, there were only three parachutes remaining. The doctor grabbed one and said “I’m a doctor, I save lives, so I must live,” and jumped out.
The lawyer then said, “I’m a lawyer and lawyers are the smartest people in the world. I deserve to live.” He also grabbed a parachute and jumped. The priest looked at the little boy and said, “My son, I’ve lived a long and full life. You are young and have your whole life ahead of you. Take the last parachute and live in peace.”
The little boy handed the parachute back to the priest and said, “Not to worry Father. The smartest man in the world just took off with my back pack.”
MORAL : Your job doesn’t always deﬁne you, but being a Good Human being Does.
Pride has A Fall
Gorelal was a famous sculptor. His sculptures looked real ones. One day he saw a dream that after ﬁfteen days, the demon of Death would come to take him. Gorelal prepared nine statues of himself and when on the 15th day he heard the Demon of Death coming, he took his place between the statues. The Demon could not recognise him and was astonished to see ten Gorelals instead of one.
He rushed back to the God of death and told the matter. The God of death got annoyed and set out to take Gorelal himself. Gorelal was alert and stood motionless. The God of Death initially got perplexed. But he thought for a moment. He said, “Gorelal, these sculptures would have been perfect but for one mistake.” Gorelal was unable to suffer the least blemish in his work. He came out and asked, “Where is the fault?” God of Death caught him and said, “HERE”. The statues were faultless but Gorelal was caught because of his pride.
MORAL : Pride has A Fall.
FALSE JUDGEMENTS TRUE DECISION
A doctor entered the hospital in hurry after being called in for an urgent surgery. He answered the call asap, changed his clothes & went directly to the surgery block.
He found the boy’s father pacing in the hall waiting for the doctor. On seeing him, the dad yelled: “Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have any sense of responsibility?”
The doctor smiled & said: “I am sorry, I wasn’t in the hospital & I came as fast as I could after receiving the call…… And now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work”
“Calm down?! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies now what will you do??” said the father angrily The doctor smiled again & replied: “I will say what Job said in the Holy Book “From dust we came & to dust we return, blessed be the name of God”. Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go & intercede for your son, we will do our best by God’s grace” “Giving advises when we’re not concerned is so easy” Murmured the father.
The surgery took some hours after which the doctor went out happy, “Thank goodness!, your son is saved!” And without waiting for the father’s reply he carried on his way running. “If you have any questions, ask the nurse!!”
“Why is he so arrogant? He couldn’t wait some minutes so that I ask about my son’s state” Commented the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left.
The nurse answered, tears coming down her face: “His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was at the burial when we called him for your son’s surgery. And now that he saved your son’s life, he left running to ﬁnish his son’s burial.”
MORAL : “Never judge anyone….. because you never know how their life is & what they’re going through.
FACE THE DIFFICULTIES POSITIVELY
This parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule praying or whatever mules do when they fall into wells.
After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together, told them what had happened, and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.
Initially the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, HE WOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP!
This he did, blow after blow. “Shake it off and step up!… and again, shake it off and step up!… shake it off and step up!” He repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or how distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought panic and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!
It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would bury him actually helped him … all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.
SO FRIENDS THAT’S LIFE:- IF WE FACE OUR PROBLEMS AND RESPOND TO THEM POSITIVELY AND REFUSE TO GIVE IN TO PANIC , BITTERNESS OR SELF PITY………
I WANTED TO CHANGE THE WORLD
When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
I found it was diﬃcult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.
When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.
MORAL: IF U WANT TO CHANGE THIS WORLD , CHANGE YOURSELF AT FIRST….. KEEP YOUR DREAM
FACTS OF LIFE (CUP OR COFFEE)
A group of graduates, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor.
Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.
When all the students had a cup of coffee, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the simple and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases, it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.
What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you Consciously went for the best cups… Then you began eyeing each other’s cups.
MORAL : – Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. – They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not deﬁne, nor change the quality of Life we live. – Sometimes, by concentrating on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us. Enjoy your coffee!.”
“The happiest people in the world are not those who have no problems, but those who learn to live with things that are less than perfect. The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.”
1. Live simply. 2. Love generously. 3. Care deeply. 4. Speak kindly. 5. Leave the rest to God.
You are the miracle, my friend; Your life either shines a light OR casts a shadow! Shine a light & Enjoy the Coffee!!!
Sasindu Jayasri is an Engineering student at Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.