Once again I have selected some simple tales for you to read and share with your children and friends. The stories are simplistic but profound with their message. Please enjoy and share this best short stories list. I promise you the messages will have you thinking and will remain forever in your mind as future reminders of some simple truths that can be put into practice every day. Truly my pleasure, enjoy!
THE ROCK AND THE DIAMOND
One day a young boy asked his father, ‘What is the value of my life’? Instead of answering, the father gave his son a rock. He then told his son to take this rock and go sell it at the local market. If anybody asks the price, don’t say anything just raise these two fingers.
The boy then went to the market and a woman asked ‘How much is this rock, I want to put it in my garden’. The boy didn’t say anything, just raised up two fingers, and the woman said ‘Two dollars? I’ll take it’.
The boy then went home and told his father, ‘A woman wants to buy this rock for two dollars’. The father then said,’ Son, I want you to take this rock to a museum. If anyone wants to buy it don’t say a word, just put up two fingers’.
The boy then went to the museum and there was a man there who wanted to buy the rock, so once again the boy didn’t say a word, just put up two fingers, and the man said, ‘Two hundred dollars? I’ll take it’. The boy was shocked and went running home to his father and told him, Father, a man wants to buy this rock for two hundred dollars’.
His father then said, ‘The last place I want you to take this rock is a precious stone store. Show it to the owner and if he asks the price of the rock, don’t say anything just put up two fingers’.
The son then went to a precious stone store where he showed the rock to the owner, ‘Where did you find this stone? It is one of the rarest stones in the world, I must have it, how much will you sell it for.’ The boy then put up two fingers and the man said, ‘Two hundred thousand, I’ll take It’. The boy not knowing what to say ran home to his father.
‘Father, Father there’s a man that wants to buy this stone for $200,000. His father then said,’ Son do you know the value of your life now’?
You see it doesn’t matter where you come from, where you were born, the colour of your skin or how much money you were born into.
It matters where you decide to place yourself, the people you surround yourself with, and how you choose to carry yourself. You may have lived your whole life thinking you were just a stone. You may have lived your life surrounded by people that saw you’re worth for only $2, but everyone has a diamond inside of them.
So we can choose to surround ourselves with people that see our value and see the diamond inside of us We can choose to put ourselves in a market or put ourselves in a precious stone store. You can also choose to see the value in other people. You can also help other people see the diamond inside of them.
Choose the people you surround yourself with wisely. That can make all the difference in your life.
See And Know Yourself As Priceless
THE BUDDHA AND THE BEGGAR
There once was this homeless young man and he’d been trying to gather food, however, he kept noticing every day that his food would disappear. One day he caught the mouse that kept stealing his food, and he asked the mouse, ‘Why are you stealing from me? I’m a homeless man, you can steal from richer people than me, and it won’t have any effect on them’.
The mouse then told the homeless man’ It’s your destiny that you can only have eight items in your possession. No matter how much you beg, no matter how much you gather, this is all you will ever have’.
The homeless man was shocked, and he said, ‘Why is that my destiny’? and the mouse said, ‘I don’t know maybe you should try and ask The Buddha’.
So the homeless man goes on a journey to go find the Buddha. He walks many miles and evening approaches. He stumbles across a beautiful house owned by a wealthy but friendly family and decides to ask if he can stay the night. They let him in and they ask him. ‘Young man why are you travelling so late at night, and he answered’ ‘I have a question for the Buddha, and tomorrow I’ll be on my way’.
The family then said,’ Can we give you a question to ask the Buddha. We have a sixteen-year-old daughter who can’t speak. We just want to ask what is it we have to do to make her speak’. So the homeless man thanks them for their shelter, and says, ‘Of course, I’ll ask the question for you’.
The next morning he wakes and continues his journey. He then comes across a sea of mountains that he must cross. He climbs up the first mountain where he meets a wizard, and the wizard decides to help the young man by using his staff, he changes it into a magic carpet and flies him and the young man across the sea of mountains. The wizard is curious and asks the young man, ‘Where are you going? Why have you decided to cross these mountains? ‘I am going to ask the Buddha a question about my destiny,’ the young man replies.
The wizard then says, ‘Can I please give you a question to ask the Buddha? I’ve been trying to go to heaven for a thousand years. According to my teachings, I should be able to go to heaven now. Can you please ask the Buddha what do I have to do to get to heaven’. The young man replies, ‘Of course, I’ll ask your question for you.’
As his journey continues, he comes across his last obstacle, which is a river he cannot cross. Luckily he meets a giant turtle, who decides to take him across the river. And as their crossing the river the turtle asks, ‘Where are you going? I’m going to see the Buddha, I’m going to ask him a question about my destiny.
The turtle then says, ‘Can you please ask a question for me too, I’ve been trying to become a dragon for over 500 years, according to my teachings I should have become a dragon by now. Can you please ask the Buddha for me, what do I have to do to become a dragon?. So the young man thanks the turtle for taking him across the river and says ‘Of cause I’ll ask your question for you.’
The homeless man finally meets the Buddha. The Buddha tells everyone, I will answer three questions for everybody here, but only 3. The young man is shocked, he has 4 Questions to ask.
So he thinks carefully,
He thinks about the turtle living for five hundred years trying to become a dragon.
The wizard, he has been living for a thousand years trying to get to heaven.
And that girl is going to live her whole life unable to speak.
He then looks at himself and he says, I am just a homeless beggar, I can just go back home and continue begging.
So as he looks at everybody else’s problems, His problem suddenly seems so small.
He feels sorry for the wizard, the turtle and the girl and decides to ask all of their questions. So he asks the Buddha and the Buddha answers,
‘The turtle is unwilling to leave his shell. As long as he is unwilling to leave the comfort of his shell he will never become a dragon.
The wizard always carries his staff and never puts it down, it acts as an anchor keeping him from heaven, and as for the girl, she’ll be able to speak when she meets her soulmate.
So the homeless man bowed to the Buddha and began his journey back home. He reunites with the turtle and he tells the turtle.’ Hey, you just have to take off your shell and you’ll become a dragon.’ The turtle then takes off his shell, and inside his shell are priceless pearls found in the deepest parts of the ocean. He gives them to the homeless man and says ‘thank you. I no longer need these because I’m now a dragon’, and he flies away.
The homeless man reunites with the wizard on the top of a mountain and he says ‘Hey, you just have to put down your staff and you’ll be able to go to heaven. The wizard then lets go of his staff by giving it to the homeless man. He says ‘thank you’ and ascends into heaven
The young man now has wealth from the turtle and power from the wizard. He goes back to the family who gave him shelter and he tells them what the Buddha said,’ Your daughter will be able to speak when she meets her soul mate’, and at that moment the daughter comes downstairs and says, ‘Hey is that the man that was here last week’. The young girl and the once homeless man had each found their soulmate.
This story tells us so many things, so many lessons but for me, I think that sometimes we have to give things in order to get things. Sometimes if we want to become a dragon or a lion we have to be willing to leave behind what makes us most comfortable, what makes us feel most safe,
We have to get out of our comfort zone. Just like the turtle did, and in order to find true love, we must become somebody who is willing to put others before ourselves. When your alone and lost in your thoughts sometimes your problems seem so big.
It may feel like its the end of the world, but if we take the time to look at other peoples lives, other people who don’t have as much opportunity as we do and have it worse than us, sometimes it makes our problem seem so much smaller.
If we are willing to lend a hand to someone who is struggling more than us, and we are willing to help them, it may change there lives an also change the course of your life, your destiny. The universe may then repay you in such a way that you would never have imagined. All the good you do in the world will come back to you
THE JIGSAW PUZZLE
A father sits at the kitchen table having his morning coffee, reading the morning newspaper. His son comes sprinting down the stairs all amped up getting ready to go out and play. Last night the man promised him that they would spend the day together, so he blocked off his whole day ready to spend some quality time with his son.
However, he needed a few more minutes to finish off both his coffee and the paper which were his morning routine. So he has this idea to buy himself a little time. He rips out a picture of the world from the newspaper he had noticed a few pages back and tears the page into about 20 smaller pieces.
He then puts them on the table in front of the son and says ‘let’s play a game’. Here’s a puzzle, as soon as you can put this picture of the world back together, we’ll go outside and we’ll start our day together. He then picks up his newspaper and continues to read.
Less than 3 minutes go by when his son excitedly pulls down his father’s newspaper and says ‘Dad I’m done’ The father looks up with an expression of amazement on his face, quite astonished his son was able to complete the puzzle so fast, and obviously asks him how he did it so quickly.
His son then explains that one of the pieces of paper fell on the floor, and when he bent over to pick it up he could see through the bottom of the glass table that there was a picture of a man on the back of all the little pieces. So he sat up and turned all the little pieces over and he put the man together, and once he did that the whole world fell into place.
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There are so many lessons in these 3 short stories and I hope you were able to find some meanings yourself. I will soon publish a 4th short story section and It would be my great pleasure to introduce one of yours. Just drop it in the comment box below.