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SHORT STORIES 2 POWERFUL-MEANINGFUL-EMPOWERING

Hello and Welcome

So nice to have you here with my second edition of Short Stories for children and adults alike. These carefully chosen gems are well worth the read. I may be a little biased but I consider them to be not only original but some of the best short stories online. I am sure every reader will be just that little bit more aware for the experience.

Please Enjoy…

THE OLD DONKEY

Picture of an old donkey

There was once an old farmer who just happened to own an old donkey. The donkey fell into the farmers well. The farmer heard the donkey’s distress, praying or whatever it is that donkeys choose to do when they fall into a well.

After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathised with the donkey but made a decision that neither the donkey nor the well was worth the trouble of saving.Picture of a deep well

Instead,  he called his neighbours together, told them what happened, and employed them to help him haul fill, which included large rocks tree branches and dirt to bury the old donkey in the well and put him out of his misery, as you can imagine, the old donkey was hysterical.

But as the farmer and his neighbours continued shovelling, and the fill continued to hit and injure his back, suddenly, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of fill landed on his back, as painful as it was, he would shake it off and step up.Silhouette of a man with a shovel

This he did, blow after blow ‘shake it off and step up, shake it off and step up, shake it up and step up,’ He repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or how distressing the situation seemed, the old donkey fought the fear and the panic and just kept right on, SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP.

It wasn’t long before the old donkey, battered bruised and exhausted stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well. What seemed like it would bury him, and kill him actually helped him..all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity and his thinking.

That’s Life…The wise old donkey is free and stands tall with a dog, cat and a chicken standing on his shoulders


 

BLIND BEAUTY

 

A beautiful park and a lonely park bench

 

The park bench was deserted as I sat down. I felt disappointed with life. The world seemed intent on dragging me down and I had every right to frown, the day wasn’t going the way I’d planned, and if that wasn’t enough to ruin my day, a young boy out of breath approached me all tired from playing.

A lady sits alone on a park bench looking to the skies in despair

He stood beside me with great excitement and said, ‘Look what I found’. In his hand was a flower, and what a pitiful sight it was. Its petals were wilting from not enough water or too little light. I wanted him to take his dead flower and go away.

 A pair of hands clasped in offering some dead flowers

So I faked a smile and then turned my head. But instead of leaving he sat down next to me. He placed the flower to his nose and declared with surprise ‘ It sure smells pretty and it’s beautiful, that’s why I picked it, Here it’s for you, Beautiful?’

This weed before me was dying. It was not vibrant with colour or life. I didn’t want to accept it, but I thought if I didn’t he might not leave, so I reached out for the flower and replied annoyed, ‘Oh just what I needed.’ But instead of placing it in my hand he held it in the air.

It was then I noticed for the very first time that this overly positive boy could not see, he was blind. Shocked, tears started running like rain. As I then a statue of a woman with closed eyes and head down crying in regretgraciously thanked him for picking the very best one, you are very welcome, he smiled and then ran off to play.’

He was completely unaware of the impact he had just made on my day. I sat there and wondered how he managed to see a self-pitying woman sulking on a bench. Perhaps from his heart, he’d been blessed with A woman smelling some flowerstrue sight.

 

It was then, finally through the eyes of a blind child that I could see the problem was with me, for I had been blind, at that moment I vowed to see the beauty in life, to be grateful for my life and appreciate every second that’s mine. I held that wilted flower up to my nose and breathed in the fragrance, it was beautiful.

 

Then I sat and watched the young boy off in the distance pick another wilted flower, and approach another unsuspecting old man. He was about to change another life. A young boy excitedly picks some flowers


 

LOVE SUCCESS WEALTH

Old Man wearing a hat and a long white beard- LoveWealth- A third old man sporting a long white beardSuccess- A second old man sporting a long white beard

A woman came out of her house one night and saw three old men with long beards sitting in her front yard.

She did not recognise them but she invited them in any way.” We do not go into a house together.” They replied, “Why is that?” She wanted to know.

One of the old men explained: His name is Wealth,” He said pointing to one of his friends and said pointing to another one, “He is Success, and I am Love.”

He then smiled and added, “Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home.” The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed. “How nice!” He said. “Let us invite Wealth. let him come in and fill our home with wealth!”

His wife disagreed. “My dear, why don’t we invite Success?” Their daughter in law was listening from the other corner of the house, she jumped in with her own suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will be filled with Love.”

Let us heed our daughter in laws advice,” said the husband to his wife.’Go out and invite Love to be our guest.”

The woman went out and asked the three old men,”Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest.”

‘Love’ got up and started walking toward the house. The other 2 got up and followed him.

Surprised the lady asked Wealth and Success: ” I only invited Love, why are you coming in?”

The old men replied together, “If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other 2 of us would’ve stayed out, But since you invited Love, wherever he goes, we go with him.Love begins at home sign

And so it goes in life, wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success.


 

DOUBLE HAPPINESS

 

Two men both seriously ill occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon. His bed was next to the rooms only window.

The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men would talk for hours. They spoke of their wives and their families, their home, where they lived, and where they had been on vacation, every afternoon.

When the man in the bed by the window could sit up he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the hospital window.

The man in the other bed began to live for that one hour each day, where his world would be broadened and enlightened by all the activity of the world outside. the window overlooked a park and a lovely lake.
Beautiful white swan swims across a lakeYoung lovers walk hand in hand together

Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their toy boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the scene. One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by.

A parade with a big brass band passes by with people lining the street and applauding

Although the other man couldn’t hear the band, he could see it in his mind’s eye. Weeks and months passed. One morning the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths, only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window who had died peacefully in his sleep.

She was saddened and called the hospital attendant to take the body. As soon as it seemed appropriate the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window.

The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him. Slowly painfully he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He struggled, but finally, he slowly turned to look out the window beside his new bed.

It faced a blank wall. Later the man asked the nurse, “How this could be?” The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said perhaps he just wanted to make you feel better.

There is tremendous joy in making others happy, despite our own personal problems.

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness shared is doubled.


 

NEVER ALONE

A Indian Chief and his son ride their horses in the forrest

 

 

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indians youths rite of passage? His father takes his son into the forest blindfolded and leaves him there alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not take off the blindfold until a ray of sun shines through it.

He is all alone, by himself. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night …He is a Man.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience. Each boy must come into his own manhood.

A wolf and his pack can be seen and heard in the darkness of night

The boy was terrified, he could hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts were all around him. Maybe even some other human would hurt him. He was completely at the mercy of the night. The wind blew through the trees and grass and the earth and it shook his stump.

But he sat bravely never removing the blindfold, it would be the only way he could become a man.

Finally, after a horrific night of fear, the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he saw his father sitting on the stump next to him at watch the entire night.

We are never truly alone. Even when we don’t know it our family and friends are watching out for us, sitting on a stump beside us.

Please feel welcome to leave your thoughts below and if you have an original and thought-provoking short story, I would be more than glad to hear from you and publish it in a future Short Story Post.

Always My Pleasure

Paul

17 thoughts on “SHORT STORIES 2 POWERFUL-MEANINGFUL-EMPOWERING

  1. Thank you for these stories. I resonate, especially, with the donkey story. It highlights human resiliency, a powerful topic. What inspired YOU to create such a website? Do you recommend any longer stories (books)? May your site be an encouragement to many and be an ongoing source of happiness for you.

    Warmly,
    Randene

    1. Hi Randene,

      I’m glad you enjoyed this selection of handpicked short stories. The donkey story is my favourite too. The simplest of stories that have the ability to stop you in your tracks, and remind you of what’s possible with the right attitude and resilience. 

      My inspiration with my website is to help those like me who have struggled through hardship to keep going and stay strong in those weakest of times when all seems lost.To know with small reminders that you can and will overcome every adversity. That what seems so wrong in hindsight is so right on our path to where we are going.

      To Live, Love and to Grow, and become the greatest version of ourselves. To have the peace, knowledge, strength and understanding, to pass our wisdom on to the ones we love the most.So their paths may not necessarily be easier but they have the insight of knowing that everything..everything is happening in divine perfection.

      A Wish, My Dream

      Paul

  2. Thank you for really wonderful stories!
    The donkey story is very inspiring and so is the story of the blind boy and the flower.
    These are great stories that point out the attitude of life that bring real success.
    The love wealth and success story are amazing and it so true success and wealth accompany love but love does not necessarily accompany the other two
    Thanks
    cheers
    Orion

    1. Hi Orion,

      So glad you enjoyed these simple but profound short stories. I include them on my site because they make you stop and think bout the simple things in life that we so often overlook. Happiness is not something we chase after but lies in the simplest of things.Life can become so complicated and we forget that stong will, along with gratitude and some simple acts of kindness, can go a long way to ensuring love peace and happiness for ourselves and the ones we love.

      Smiling at you : )

      Gratitude Always

      Paul

  3. These are some incredible stories! I love the donkey one; it reminds me of the saying ‘whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’. When we exercise, we need to literally rip up our muscles in order for them to repair much stronger. It’s exactly the same in life, and this story really demonstrates this!

    1. Hi Danny,

      I love the donkey story to, such a simple but equally profound example of the simplicity of overcoming situations with the right kind of thinking and focus. He’s obviously not your average donkey. Success in any and every area of our lives is simple but not easy.Having a plan and building the discipline muscle everyday as you mentioned is a great way to start

      Thanks again for your comment Danny

      Best wishes always 

      Paul

  4. Hello Paul. I’m so excited that I came across this webpage as it has taught me a lot about life. I had a fun and amusing time reading through, I also had suspense too, especially with the old donkey story. I thought what an heartless farmer! Never knew his heartlessness would turn into something good for the old donkey just as the evil plans of Joseph’s brother turned out to be a lift to the land where he became a prime minister. Good stories. I love ’em all.

    1. Great to hear you enjoyed these short stories, i love’em all too. They just are so simple but with a great message that can spur us on to bigger and greater achievements. Thanks Ovb

  5. The story about the old donkey reminds me of my memory of the story of Sisyphus, who was condemned by the gods to push a rock up the hill, day after day, with little to no hope of actually reaching the top. What the gods thought to be a cruel punishment actually turned out to be an incredible regimen of strength-building for the man. Sisyphus came to look forward to his daily chore, came to delight in his newfound strength, and no longer cared about the outcome of his task. He grew to appreciate the task itself (i.e. the journey) and he was all the better for it! (at least that’s how I remember the myth!). 

    1. Hi there Tucker, I haven’t heard of the story you mentioned but it fits right in with the theme of what’s to be learned here. I’m going to check out the Sisyphus story and now doubt can use it in a future post. Thank You

  6. Hi Paul,

    I got great insights and inspiration from one of your previous post “Best short stories part one” (I shared it in my church) and to be honest often searched for part two. I am excited to read this part two now and thanks for taking time to do this. Information is wealth! You are providing great value to us via your blog posts.

    Wow, turning our weakness or negativity into our strength that’s what I learned from the old donkey story.

    Moved with the Blind Beauty story and I felt like crying. Indeed, it’s all about how we see things and although we have eyes often we don’t have sight.

    Love Success Wealth is an amazing story and my grandma said this to me.

    Double happiness story brought tears. The real pleasure is in helping others!

    “Never Alone” relates to me in different ways.

    Thanks again for sharing!

    1. Great to hear from you as always Paul. To know you have shared some of the wisdom here in your church is a great honour for me. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to organising a Part 4 Short Stories post soon.

      Blessings mate

  7. Hi there… 😊

    Thank you so much for sharing these short stories. They have powerful values, they are meaningful, refreshing, transforming and inspiring too. It only gets better.

    The old donkey taught me that life’s negative situations through at us can serve as stepping stones to success.

    Blind beauty taught me to see beauty in life. It also taught me to keep changing lives for good just like the blind boy did.

    Love Success Wealth got my smiling so bright 😀 I’m amazed!

    Double happiness is beautiful. I have read this story before.

    Yayyy! 🙌🏽 I’m never alone, someone is watching over me! I love these stories. I want more like these 😀

    1. Hello there, Thanks so much for your thoughts. I love the way you described each story and were able to take the simple meaning away with you. It is comments like yours that keep me striving to create a better life for us all even if just for a moment.Thank you

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