Stories play a vital role in our lives. These stories play an important role in our life from our childhood to our grandchildren’s childhood.It increases our emotional quotient well and helps to develop personality and self motivation. To increase our productivity at work and keep our hopes alive,we should read some inspirational stories time to time.
The 5 Best Inspirational stories
Read on and get ready to learn,live and smile.
1) No one told him
Once upon a time, two young boys were playing on thin ice. As they were playing, one of them fell through that ice into the lake underneath. The other one tried hard and he couldn’t reach his friend through that gap.
So he walked up to a tree, pulled and broke a branch of enormous size. He came back and started beating the ice and he saved his friend.
When the paramedics came and they were able to revive the kid, they were baffled and they couldn’t understand that how did his friend break an enormous sized branch and then beat the ice and save his friend. They thought it was IMPOSSIBLE
Then the old man who was standing there said, “I can tell you how he did it.”
They said, “How? How he did it.”
The old man said, “There was no one here to tell him that he can’t do it.”.
2) A Story About Optimism – The Two Travelers
I’ve used this story on countless occasions as it really does show the difference that attitude can make.
There was once a traveler who was walking from a village in the mountains to a village in the valley.
As he walked along, he saw a monk working in a field, so he stopped and said to the monk, “I’m on my way to the village in the valley, can you tell me what it’s like?”
The monk looked up from his labor and asked the man where he had come from.
The man responded, “I have come from the village in the mountains.”
“What was that like?” the monk asked.
“Terrible!” the man exclaimed, “no-one spoke my language, I had to sleep on a dirt floor in one of their houses, they fed me some sort of stew that had yak or dog or both in it and the weather was atrocious.”
“Then I think that you will find that the village in the valley is much the same,” the monk noted.
A few hours later another traveler passed by and he said to the monk, “I am on my way to the village in the valley, can you tell what it’s like?”
“Where have you come from?” inquired the monk.
“I have come from the village in the mountains.”
“And what was that like?”
“It was awesome!” the man replied, “No-one spoke my language so we had to communicate using our hands and facial expressions. I had to sleep on the dirt floor which was really cool as I’ve never done that before. They fed me some sort of weird stew and I have no idea what was in it but just to experience how the locals lived was great and the weather was freezing cold, which meant that I really got a taste of the local conditions. It was one of the best experiences of my life.”
“Then I think that you’ll find that the village in the valley is much the same,” responded the monk.
Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond. Don’t allow the challenges of life to take away your joy.
There are lots of reasons to complain and be miserable if that’s how you look at life.
There are lots of reasons to be enthusiastic and joyful if that’s how you look at life.
How do you look at life?
3) Story of the Attitude and Perception !!!
This is a real story that happened between the customer of General Motors and its Customer-Care Executive. A complaint was received by the Pontiac Division of General Motors:
“This is the second time I have written to you, and I don’t blame you for not answering me, because I sounded crazy, but it Is a fact that we have a tradition in our family we have Ice-Cream for dessert after dinner each night. But the kind of ice cream varies so, every night, after we’ve eaten, the whole family votes on which kind of ice cream we should have and I drive down to the store to get it. It’s also a fact that I recently purchased a new Pontiac and since then my trips to the store have created a problem. You see, every time I buy a vanilla ice- cream, when I start back from the store my car won’t start. If I get any other kind of ice cream, the car starts just fine. I want you to know I’m serious about this question, no matter how silly it sounds”
“What is there about a Pontiac that makes it not start when I get vanilla ice cream, and easy to start whenever I get any other kind?”
The Pontiac President was understandably skeptical about the letter, but sent an Engineer to check it out anyway. The latter was surprised to be greeted by a successful, obviously well educated man in a fine neighborhood. He had arranged to meet the man just after dinner time, so the two hopped into the car and drove to the ice cream store. It was vanilla ice-cream that night and, sure enough, after they came back to the car, it wouldn’t start.
The Engineer returned for three more nights.
The first night, they got chocolate. The car started. The second night, he got strawberry. The car started. The third night he ordered vanilla. The car failed to start. Now the Engineer, being a logical man, refused to believe that this man’s car was allergic to vanilla ice cream. He arranged, therefore, to continue his visits for as long as it took to solve the problem. And toward this end he began to take notes: he jotted down all sorts of data: time of day, type of gas uses, time to drive back and forth etc.
In a short time, he had a clue: the man took less time to buy vanilla than any other flavor.
Why? The answer was in the layout of the store. Vanilla, being the most popular flavor, was in a separate case at the front of the store for quick pickup. All the other flavors were kept in the back of the store at a different counter where it took considerably longer to check out the flavor.
Now, the question for the Engineer was why the car wouldn’t start when it took less time. Eureka – Time was now the problem – not the vanilla ice cream!
The engineer quickly came up with the answer: “vapour lock”. It was happening every night; but the extra time taken to get the other flavors allowed the engine to cool down sufficiently to start.
When the man got vanilla, the engine was still too hot for the vapour lock to dissipate.
Remember: Even crazy looking problems are sometimes real and all problems seem to be simple only when we find the solution with cool thinking. Don’t just say its “IMPOSSIBLE” without putting a sincere effort… What really matters is your attitude and your perception. The Race for Perfection has no Finish Line……
4) Story of an effective Team
It’s a fine sunny day in the forest, and a rabbit is sitting outside his burrow, tippy-tapping on his typewriter. Along comes a fox, out for a walk.
Fox: “What are you working on?”
Rabbit: “My thesis.”
Fox: “Hmm… What is it about?”
Rabbit: “Oh, I’m writing about how rabbits eat foxes.”
Fox: “That’s ridiculous! Any fool knows that rabbits don’t eat foxes!”
Rabbit: “Come with me and I’ll show you!”
They both disappear into the rabbit’s burrow. After a few minutes, gnawing on a fox bone, the rabbit returns to his typewriter and resumes typing.
Soon a wolf comes along and stops to watch the hardworking rabbit.
Wolf: “What’s that you are writing?”
Rabbit: “I’m doing a thesis on how rabbits eat wolves.”
Wolf: “you don’t expect to get such rubbish published, do you?”
Rabbit: “No problem. Do you want to see why?”
The rabbit and the wolf go into the burrow and again the rabbit returns by himself, after a few minutes, and goes back to typing.!
Finally a bear comes along and asks, “What are you doing?
Rabbit: “I’m doing a thesis on how rabbits eat bears.”
Bear: “Well that’s absurd!
Rabbit: “Come into my home and I’ll show you”
As they enter the burrow, the rabbit introduces the bear to the lion.
Moral: In the real life, it matters who you are working with.
5) Happiness is YOU
A beautiful, expensively dressed lady went to a counsellor. She complained to the psychiatrist that her whole life was empty and meaningless.
The counsellor called over the old office mopping lady.
The counsellor told the rich lady “I’ll ask Mary here to tell you how she found happiness. Listen attentively.”
The old lady put her broom down, sat on a chair and told her story:
“My husband died of malaria and three months later my only son was killed by a car. I had no one, nothing left, couldn’t sleep, eat, never smiled and even thought of taking my life. One evening a little kitten followed me home from work.
It was cold outside. Somehow I felt sorry for that kitten. I let the kitten in, got it some milk, and the kitten licked the plate clean. Then it purred and rubbed against my leg.
For the first time in months, I smiled.
Then I thought, if helping a little kitten could make me smile, maybe doing something for people could make me happy.
Next day I baked some biscuits and took them to a neighbor who was sick in bed. Every day I tried to do something nice for someone.
It made me so happy to see them happy.
Today, I don’t know of anybody who sleeps and eats better than I do. I’ve found happiness, by giving it to others.”
The rich lady cried. She had every thing that money could buy, but she had lost all that money could not buy.
“Beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are; but on how happy others can be because of you…”
Happiness is not a destination, it’s a journey. Happiness is not tomorrow, it is now. Happiness is not a dependency, it is a decision.
Happiness is what you are, not what you have!