short inspirational stories can be powerful reads.
Well-crafted short stories work really well. I particularly like reading short stories because they’re really easy to digest, and you can always find a moral at the end.
Whether the stories are true or not is another thing and many are false or exaggerated but have become myths that have lasted for hundreds of years.
I know that you’re in a tough spot right now and that you are dealing with some pretty heavy pressure, but as long as you can keep your head up and keep some perspective, you’ll be in great shape no matter what life throws at you.
The 10 Best Inspirational Short Stories
The stories I have chosen here all have the same basic structure. They start with a character on the verge of a choice, to which he can’t decide between two alternatives. The second in the pair is always something he would prefer to be doing. But it’s the first option that seems the more attractive, so something usually goes to persuade him to take the second. At the end of the story they both find that they’re happier doing the second thing than the first. But they’ve been persuaded to do the second thing by the first.
10. The Elephant Rope (Belief)
There was a gentleman in town that saw the elephants were being kept in a very nice environment without cages or chains.
Their attempt to leave the camp with the rope was thwarted when they were discovered. With the guards rushing in and the rope cutting into the flesh of the leg, they were forced to remain in the camp.
As a side note, the man in the boat is also a little confused, but for completely different reasons. At this point in the story, he has just discovered that he can use the boat to travel between the lakes.
However, the man still has no idea why the elephants are standing there. It’s not until later in the story, when he discovers that the elephants are here to keep the tigers from their food, that the man realizes why the elephants aren’t trying to move the boat.
The trainer told him that the elephants were waiting for the rest of the circus to be up from lunch and to see if they were okay. It’s not safe for the elephants to try and run off because there could be a train coming and they would get killed.
I’ll be getting this fixed as I can and will get back to you.
“young children are not supposed to be able to break free. When they are young and too young to walk, the rope is still the same size. As they get older, the rope gets bigger, but it still acts as a restraint, not a punishment.”
Somali is a Bantu language that is spoken in Somalia. Although it can be found throughout the Horn of Africa, it is primarily used in East Africa. The speaker in the video uses a few phrases from the language.
As a group, The elephants knew that they were locked inside a cage and could not escape, but they had made a mental model of that space which didn’t allow them to think of anything else.
Moral of the story:
No matter how much the world tries to push you down, never stop believing that what you want to achieve is possible. Believing you are successful is what will actually make your dreams come true.
9. Thinking Out of the Box (Creative Thinking)
The business owner decided to pay off the loan-shark in a way that would allow him to both keep his daughter and pay off the loan in the same stroke. On a Saturday afternoon, the loan-shark picked up his daughter at the business owner’s home and drove her to a quiet, secluded place. The two got out of the car and the loan-shark held the business owner against his will while his daughter called her father and told him that she was getting out of the car.
He decided to offer the businessman a deal that would completely wipe out the debt he owed him, but the catch was that he would only wipe out the debt if he could marry the businessman’s daughter.
Peculiarity of ‘d’: The suffix ‘d’ changes the meaning of the word.
The proposal that there is no need to go to the parliament to make a new law was rejected. This proposal caused anger because of the time needed in parliament to approve the proposal.
The loan-shark says that his clients will pay the money they owe once the bag contains two pebbles, one white and one black.
Standing in the businessman’s garden, the loan shark was picking up two pebbles.
In this example, the two verbs are parallel (standing and picking) and have the same tense (past).
*When the verb is a gerund (present participle)
In this case, the verb describes a noun called “a” loan.
On the way home the daughter noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and she asked him where he got them.
He asked her to pull out one of the pills and drop it one her palm.
She had three options: do nothing, kill herself, or move to France.
As she was playing with her bag, she had the urge to look at the pebbles and she accidentally dropped one into the middle of them.
“You seem to have forgotten about your promise to take me to the beach to watch the sun set. I had my eyes on the moon earlier, but I was sure you were looking at stars.”
There’s also a difference in the verbs.
The man who was loaning the money to the girl had no intention of letting her go. He had already made up his mind that she would have to pay back the money she owed him. However, seeing her father and mother both die in a horrible accident, he had no choice but to take what little money she had left with her so he could pay for her room and board at the hospital.
Moral of the story:
I have to remember that I am just one tiny cog in the machine, and that what I do can’t be more important than many other systems or people in the world.
8. The Group of Frogs (Encouragement)
The two frogs were told that they had no hope. And then the other frogs crowded around the pit and told the two frogs that they had no hope.
In the following example, however, the two sentences are identical in form but are not semantically similar–one is a repetition and the other is the same as no-repeat, but in a different word order.
But the two frogs ignored what the others were saying and they proceeded to try and jump out of the pit.
But, the frogs in the pit were still very determined to keep pressing on, no matter how hopeless the situation was getting.
The frog continued to jump and jumped and jumped until he fell down dead. The other frogs looked at him with disbelief. None of them were able to jump any more because they all fell into a deep sleep.
They are so loud, when they jump they make a thunderous sound. But he didn’t hear them.
The frog told them that he was a deaf person. They assumed he was there to drink water.
Moral of the story:
People say some pretty mean things, don’t say them. And when you think about it, it’s pretty crazy. What you say could literally kill and save someone’s life.
7. A Pound of Butter (Honesty)
A farmer was charged with selling a pound of butter to a baker. The farmer knew the amount of butter was correct, but as a joke, he left the weight of the butter without showing up at the court.
The judge said the question is how do you weigh a pound of butter? The issue is weight. You can’t weigh something when you’re in the middle of a river. You have to weight it on your own scales and figure out what the weight of the boat plus the weight of the boat with the butter equals.
‘But it’s only for a week, and then you’ll be back for the weekend…’ But what he didn’t say was…
I’ll tell you who should be blamed for this — it’s the people in the U.S. Senate who want to take healthcare away from hard-working men and women, and give it to criminals and the mentally ill.
Moral of the story:
You’ve got to be strong and brave to protect yourself.
6. The Obstacle In Our Path (Opportunity)
If we build our relationship with the world around us based on how much it may affect our pocketbooks, we’re going to find out that the world’s not that interested in us.
Many people who were angered by the King for neglecting the road, did nothing about clearing the path.
He succeeded in pushing the boulder out of the way. The boulder was the obstacle and the load the peasant was trying to push, the stone was the road and the peasant was the one who had to move it.
He then lifted the stone and placed it back in the road.
After the peasant went back to pick up his vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been.
The man opened the purse and discovered a wallet with money.
The purse actually contained many gold coins as well as a note from the King explaining that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.
Moral of the story:
We must learn to look beyond our own limitations, and see beyond what our own eyes can see. We must open our hearts and let go of those things that we do not wish to lose. We must learn to love, share, and forgive.
5. The Butterfly (Struggles)
A man found a butterfly cocoon.
However, both sentences use “cocoon” as the object of the prepositional phrase. If the object of the preposition is a noun, a “to” would be used instead.
One day a small opening appeared. He did not know what to expect. He thought it might be a spider. He sat and watched the butterfly struggle to force its body through that little hole.
I was getting stuck on “loading”, then it started loading.
A man tried to help a butterfly which was trapped in a cocoon. He decided to cut it off with a pair of scissors. But the butterfly was very ugly and small.
After a while the man got tired of watching the butterfly and went about doing his daily chores. Suddenly, a thought flashed across his mind. He could get the butterfly back to its natural state! He quickly grabbed a needle and a piece of thread and began stitching the butterfly’s wings back together. After a few minutes of sewing, the butterfly was ready to fly again.
Despite his kind heart, he did not understand that the restricting cocoon and struggle for the butterfly to get out of it are God’s way of getting fluid from its body into its wings to prepare itself for flying once it gets out so to speak.
Moral of the story:
When we go through difficult times in life, it’s a sign of progress and strength when we can manage to deal with it ourselves, rather than depending on others.
4. Control Your Temper (Anger)
One day, the little boy got angry and hit the fence with the hammer. The nails all flew into the air and embedded themselves into the fence. The boy’s father was very proud of his son and told the other people there that the boy fixed the fence himself. He also said that the next time the boy lost his temper, the boy wouldn’t get any nails.
The boy also tried to force his way into the building but was stopped by the teacher.
The boy began to control his temper after a few weeks and the number of nails he was hammering into the fence slowly decreased.
In that moment, he realized that he had never needed to control his anger. He had always just let it show.
Well, the boy thought about the suggestion his father had made and he thought that it would do him good to keep the nail, which he had received as a gift, with him so that he could have a visual reminder that he was not to lose his temper.
The father and son were finally able to tell their father that all the nails were gone. His son was then led to the fence where his father said that they would hang the nails on it. With those words, the son remembered something that he had always wanted to do but was unable to do it before.
I’m a little annoyed at this point, but I want to show that this is not a scar. I’m not saying I’m sorry. I do not regret that I said it to him; I do not have any remorse. My conscience is clear. There are no scratches, no rashes, so you shouldn’t go for a dermatologist”.
Moral of the story:
Don’t let out your anger in a stressful situation, cause you may regret it later, but it will still be too late to take back what you said.
3. The Blind Girl (Change)
There was a girl who was blind and hated her self for getting that way. The only person she didn’t hate were her boyfriends, as they were always there for her. She said that if only she could see the world, she would marry one of her boyfriends.
Her eyes were blinded by the generosity of the donor, and he asked her if she could do him the honor of being his wife. The young woman accepted right away, and lived happily ever after.
Because the whole world is an ugly place
And my love for you is like a dream
You are my dream, and my heart has been stolen by a ghost
But you are not a ghost, and you are just in my dreams
And they are in the clouds.
Moral of the story:
I know some people don’t like it, and think it’s not right. I didn’t say that. I think it’s not a good thing. But some people don’t have the time or the ability to understand things like this.
This is not the first time that we are seeing a post that really made me feel speechless.
2. Puppies for Sale (Understanding)
A person in a white T-shirt was selling puppies for a living.
He asked if I was going to sell the puppies for a lot of money.
This is not a fair comparison. If you are going to compare prices, make sure they are comparable. This was not a fair comparison.
the little boy gave the worker $2.37 and he told him to look at the coins to see if he could identify them.
Mama, look! Look! Look! Look! Here comes the dog! The dog, the dog, the dog!
The first ball of fur was light pink with black spots.
The second ball of fur was light pink with black spots.
The third ball of fur was light pink with black spots.
The fourth ball of fur was light pink with black spots.
The fifth ball of fur was light pink with black spots.
One of the little dogs that was following the group was limping in front of the little boy. The little boy said to the boy, “What’s wrong with the little dog?”
The little boy was pointing out the little dog that was limping.
At best, this puppy’s owner was a no good dog owner. She let the dog outside where he ran and hid. She then kept the puppy and did not take it to a vet.
The little boy is excited and wants to buy a puppy.
So I gave up trying to find a friend in the world, I just thought that I’d die waiting.
The shop owner told the couple that it was the only puppy from that litter and that he was “too nice” to sell the dog.
It was to his surprise, the little kid showed him his leg and asked if he could take it home for a while? The shop owner said that he would watch over the puppy until it had healed enough to run on its own again.
1. Box Full of Kisses (Love)
A father became mad when he saw his 3-year-old daughter trying to decorate a box with gold wrapping paper. So the father hit her hard with his hand until he broke every bone in her body.
But the father said, “I already have a gift from my daughter,” and threw it away.
The man was very angry when he found that the gift wasn’t the box itself, and this anger stayed inside and wouldn’t go away. Once the box was empty, and it didn’t have any gift for him, he felt that it wasn’t what it should be and that it just wasn’t good enough.
When the little girl saw the prince she cried and started to shed tears for him.
“You had such a good time at the amusement park, didn’t you, honey?” I was impressed. She had such good timing. She had been listening.
A loving father was crushed when his little girl did something bad. He put his arms around her, apologizing for what she did.
The boy was only a short while later killed in an accident.
I keep the gold box by my bed. Whenever I am discouraged, I take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who put it there.
Moral of the story:
I know you think about it all the time.
Summary of the 10 Best Inspirational Stories
10 stories that teach you how to change your life today.
Thanks for reading these short stories. These are awesome, I thought I would never finish the first one.
If you know of any stories that you might find interesting, you should either add them to the list, or let me know about them in the comments below or by email.
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