The power of inspirational short stories is immense.
I love them mainly because they’re easy to read, and there is always a moral at the end of the story. Many of these tales are supposedly centuries-old legends, so whether they’re factual or not is another matter. These stories, however, are so powerful and inspirational that they sometimes leave you speechless.
During the past couple of weeks, I’ve read many of these short stories and found them all to be excellent. To summarize the top 5 most inspiring short stories I’ve read, I’m writing this article.
The Elephant Rope (Believe in Yourself):
Walking through a park filled with elephants, a man noticed that the elephants weren’t chained or confined in cages. The only thing keeping them from escaping was a small piece of rope tied around one of their legs.
As the man gazed at the elephants, he couldn’t understand why they didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. It would have been easy for them to do so, but they did not even attempt it.
Curious, he asked a nearby trainer why the elephants were just standing there and did not attempt to flee. In response, the trainer said;
In the beginning when they are young and smaller, we use the same size rope to tie them, and when they are that small, that’s enough. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe that they cannot break free. Because they believe that the rope can still hold them, they never try to break free.”
The elephants weren’t breaking free because they became convinced over time that it just wasn’t possible.
Keep believing that what you want to achieve is possible no matter how much the world tries to hold you back. Believing in your abilities is the first step to achieving success.
The Group of Frogs (Think before you speak):
While a group of frogs was traveling through the woods, two of them fell into a pit. Seeing how deep the pit was, the frogs crowded around it and said there was no hope for the two.
However, the two frogs ignored what the others were saying and proceeded to try to jump out of the pit. Despite their efforts, the frogs believed that they should give up no matter what they did, they would fail.
Eventually, one of the frogs gave up and fell to his death after listening to what the others were saying. The other frog kept jumping. A crowd of frogs once again cried out to him to end the pain and die.
Finally, he made it out after jumping even harder. After he got out, the others said, “Did you not hear us?”
They learned from the frog that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the whole time.
Words people say to other people can have a major effect on their lives. Think before you speak. You might save someone’s life.
Obstacle in our Path (Opportunity):
In ancient times, a King placed a huge rock on a roadway. Then he hid himself and waited to see if anyone had moved the rock. Many of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers walked around it as they went about their business.
People loudly criticized the King for not clearing the roads, but none of them did anything to remove the rock.
Then a peasant arrived with a load of vegetables. The peasant laid down his burden and attempted to push the rock off the road. Eventually, he succeeded. A purse lay in the road where a rock had previously been when the peasant walked back to get his vegetables.
The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King explaining that the gold was for the person who had removed the rock.
While the lazy complain about every obstacle they encounter in life, those who are more willing to get things done are creating opportunities through their kind hearts, generosity, and willingness to get things done.
The Butterfly (Challenges develop our strengths)
In a man’s yard, he found a butterfly cocoon. Then one day, a small opening appeared. For several hours, he watched the butterfly struggle to force its body through the hole. But suddenly, it appeared to be stuck.
That’s when he decided to help it. Taking a pair of scissors, he cut off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily, though it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.
The man didn’t think anything of it and waited for the wings to get big enough to support the butterfly. But nothing happened. The butterfly spent its remaining days crawling around with tiny wings and swollen body, unable to fly.
In spite of the kind heart of the man, he failed to understand the butterfly’s struggle with the cocoon. He also failed to understand God’s plan for forcing fluid from the butterfly’s body into its wings. This would prepare it for flight after it emerged from the cocoon.
Challenges develop our strengths. Without challenges, we cannot grow and become stronger. That’s why it’s important to face challenges alone, rather than rely on others.
Box full of kisses (Love is precious):
A man once punished his 3-year-old daughter after she wasted a roll of gold wrapping paper. When his daughter tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree, the father was angry because he did not have money.
In spite of this, the little girl brought her gift to her father the next morning and told him, “That’s for you, Daddy.”
Although he became embarrassed by his overreaction earlier, his rage continued when he saw that the box was empty. The man yelled; “Don’t you know that when you give someone a gift, there has to be something inside?” . She looked up at him with tears in her eyes and cried;
“Oh, Daddy, it’s not empty.” I blew kisses into the box. “All for you, Daddy”.
The father was in tears. He embraced his little girl and asked for her forgiveness.
Shortly afterwards, the child was killed in a traffic accident.
Every time he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss from the gold box and remember the love of the child who had put it there. He kept the gold box by his bed for many years.
The most precious gift in the world is love.