Out of all the things that we require in order to keep marching, inspiration is one of them.
There’s a saying that goes like “We cannot take a step forward without hope,” and that is true. We sometimes find ourselves losing the battle, sometimes life knocks us down, and in these situations, hope is one thing that keeps us on the path.
How do we be hopeful? It is possible only when we are inspired, and inspirational stories are one among many we rely on.
When we feel down, we tend to watch motivational videos, read inspiring books and watch movies that have a moral to guide us through the tough times.
Among all these, short inspirational stories have their own unique place. Even fictional stories impact us deeply.
In this article, we have accumulated some of the finest short inspirational stories that can leave you motivated.
|S.N||Title (Inspirational Stories)|
|1||Be good even when no one’s watching you|
|2||Things done in anger can never be undone|
|4||Everyone and everything is worthy|
|5||Don’t underestimate your strength|
|6||Never stop being kind even if when they don’t deserve it|
|7||If you don’t know them, don’t judge them|
|8||People will always badmouth you, ignore them|
|9||Not everyone does things the way you do|
|10||You get what you give|
|11||Embrace what you have|
|12||Don’t materialize the love|
|13||Believe in yourself, and Never give up|
|14||Value the time we have|
1. Be good even when no one’s watching you
One of the best inspirational stories of all time. A king asked his men to place a boulder in the middle of the road, and he then hid in the bushes.
He was watching as people were passing by the boulder, expecting them to move it out of the way. Many passed by, including some of the king’s wealthiest merchants, but no one did anything.
On top of that, they blamed the king for not managing the road properly. One day, a peasant was going carrying paddies.
When he came near the boulder, the peasant laid down his weight and started pushing the stones out of the way. After trying a hundred times, he managed to move it.
After he removed the stone from the road, he went back to lift his paddies, where he found a purse lying on the road.
It contained many gold coins and a note from the king which said, “This is a prize for whoever removed the boulder from the road.”
Moral of the story: People try to be good when they are being noticed. Try to do good even when no one is looking at you because that is what you are supposed to do.
2. Things done in anger can never be undone
If you have a bad temper, this one is definitely for you. A father was worried about his son’s temper. He came up with a plan to teach him a lesson.
The father handed him the bag of nails and said that every time he lost his temper, he would have to hammer a nail into the fence.
On the very first day, the boy hammered 35 nails into the fence.
He gradually began to control his temper over the next few weeks. And as a result, the number of nails he was hammering into the fence decreased.
The reason was, it was easier for him to control the anger rather than hammering into the fence.
Finally, the day came when he didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father, and the father asked him to pull out one nail every day as he kept his temper under control.
After a few days, he proudly told his father that all the nails have been pulled out.
The father took him to the fence and said, “Well done, and you have done an amazing job.” But take a look at the holes in the fence.
Things done in anger can never be undone it doesn’t matter what you do.
You can put a knife in a man and draw it out, he will forget the pain, but the scar left by the knife will hurt him more it won’t matter how many times you say sorry.
Moral of the story: Things done in anger can never be undone. It won’t matter how many times you say sorry to a man after putting a knife in his stomach. Be aware of your action when you are angry.
3. Stop complaining
There was a man in a village who always used to cry and complain about the same problem again and again.
Everyone had it up to their neck because of whining, so they decided to take him to a wise person in that village.
The wise man sat everyone down and told; we will discuss it in a while but first, let’s hear a joke.
So, he told a joke, and everyone laughed their guts out. After a while, he told the same joke again, and this time only a few people laughed.
He then told the same joke again, and this time no one laughed.
The wise man smiled and said; let’s talk about the real issue now.
When I told the joke for the first time, all of you laughed and then a second time, a few, and then finally the joke lost its touch.
So, you can’t laugh at one joke over and over, then why do you always cry and complain about the same problem?” – Moral of the story.
4. Everyone and everything is worthy
A boy went to a shop where it was written ‘Puppies for sale’ and asked ‘How much are you going to sell the puppies for?’ The owner replied; we have puppies from price range of $30 to $50.
The boy asked, ‘can I see them’?’ The shop owner smiled and called out a lady who came running followed by five teeny tiny balls of fur.
Among them, there was a puppy that was lagging considerably behind. The boy immediately noticed him and asked, ‘what’s wrong with that little dog?’
The owner replied, ‘that the dog doesn’t have a hip socket and it would always limp, it would always be lame.
The boy, after hearing this, made his mind to buy that puppy and told the owner the same.
The owner, however, told him that you don’t want to buy him but if you really want, I will give him for free.
The boy got quiet for a while, and then he said, ‘I don’t want you to give him to me for free, and he is worth as much as the other dog, and I want to pay the full price for him.
The owner told the boy, he will not run, play or do any stuff like the other dog, are you sure you want to buy him?
To which the boy reached down his knees, rolled his pant to reveal a twisted left leg supported by a big metal brace.
He looked at the shop owner and replied, ‘I don’t myself run so well, and the little puppy will need someone who understands. This is one of the most emotional inspirational stories of all time.
5. Don’t underestimate your strength.
A man was passing by when he saw a couple of elephants standing on the side of the road.
He was confused because these huge creatures were tied by only a small rope.
There were no chains, no cages of any kind. It was not difficult for those elephants to break away from their bonds at any time, but they stayed still.
Still confused, the man asked the trainer that why these elephants are not even trying to get away?
The trainer replied; Well, we have been using the same size rope since they were very small.
Then it was strong enough to hold them. And now, even when they are fully grown creatures, they believe the rope could still hold them as a result, they don’t even try.
Moral of the story: We can break free of our past or our fear at any time we want, but because we believe we couldn’t, we are stuck with it. If we want something to change, we should first believe in our strength.
6. Never stop being kind
A boy walked into a restaurant. He sat down on a chair and called for the waitress. A waitress came and placed a glass of water in front of him. ‘How much is a cherry ice cream’ the boy asked. ‘1 dollar,’ replied the waitress.
The boy took all his coins from the pocket and counted.
‘How much for the plain ice cream’ he asked again.
To which the waitress replied ’50 cents’. While the conversation was going on between them, there were a few customers waiting at the other table.
The waitress was rude when answering the boy.
The reason was, she had figured out that the boy was going for a plain ice cream which costs less. And the same thing happened, he asked her to bring plain ice cream.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put it in front of the boy along with the bill, and then walked away. The boy finished up his ice cream, paid the bill, and then left.
After a while, the waitress came and began to wipe the table, and suddenly her eyes filled with water.
It was the tear of guilt because what she found there were 50 cents placed beside the empty dish, which was her tip.
Moral of the story: Never stop being kind to others regardless of their behavior. Don’t change even if you think the world doesn’t deserve your kindness.
7. If you don’t know them, don’t judge them
On a train, there was a two years old boy with his father and a couple traveling in the same coach.
The boy shouted while seeing outside the train’s window; Dad, look, the trees are going behind!’ Dad smiled while the couple sitting next looked at the boy’s childish behavior with pity.
Suddenly, he again shouted with excitement, ‘Dad, look, the clouds are running with us!’.
This behavior was unbearable to the couple, and they finally said to the old man, ‘Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?’ to which the old man smiled and replied, ‘I did, and we are just coming from the hospital.
My son was blind from birth, and he just got his vision today.
Moral of the story: The girl whom we called fat might be working so hard to reduce that extra weight. The boy we just shouted at in the motel might have a family to feed…Do not make judgments before you know the whole story.
8. People will always badmouth you, ignore them.
On a sunny day, a dad, his son were walking along with a donkey. As they were crossing a village, a few people were coming from the opposite direction.
As they looked at the dad and son walking along with a donkey, they said, ‘How stupid they must be. They have a donkey with them, and still, they are walking’.
The dad felt bad, so he put his son on the back of the donkey and continued.
After a while, a group of people saw them and gossiped, ‘How rude the son is, the old father is walking, and he is riding the donkey.’
The son heard this and felt uncomfortable, so he asked his dad to sit on the donkey, and he started walking again.
Again after a while, a few people saw them and said, ‘How immature the dad is, he is letting his son walk while he rides the donkey.’
Now they felt like it is important that they both ride the donkey, and so they did.
People again watched them and said, ‘How cruel they both are, they can walk, but still they are riding that poor creature.’
This time they have had it up to their necks, so they picked the donkey, carried it on their shoulder, and started walking.
‘How stupid they are, the donkey is supposed to be ridden, but they are carrying the donkey on their shoulder’ – This is what they heard when they were just about to reach the destination.
Moral of the story: People will always say things about you, about the things you do, and if you start listening to them, you will never be happy at what you do. So, Stop thinking about what others say and keep on doing what makes you happy.
9. Not everyone does things the way you do
An old lady talking to god-like we talk to each other, weird, right? Wait till you hear the story. One day a Pandit/Guru was minding his business and going somewhere.
As he was crossing a village, he approached an old lady who was talking alone. The more closer he got, the more clear her voice became.
The old lady was telling, ‘I will tie up your hair like this because I don’t like the way you did. Today I’ll cook a delicious dish for you, but before that, I have to comb your hair.
The guru thought she must be dreaming or something, so he didn’t feel it necessary to interrupt, so he kept walking.
The next day he chose the same path and witnessed the same weird thing. That lady was again talking the same thing about the hair, comb, and delicious dish.
This time the guru felt something is wrong, so he approached the lady and asked, ‘Why do you always say things like this, and whom do you tell all this because I see no one listening to you?’
The old lady smiled and replied, ‘This is my praying time, so I was praying to god.’
To which the guru laughed and told the lady, ‘This is not how you pray, but don’t worry, I will teach you so you can pray in a correct way. Guru taught the lady how to pray and departed. The lady started praying the way the guru told.
As the guru walked on the road, something appeared in front of him who, by look, was divine. He was in tears and overwhelmed to have witnessed this phenomenon.
The guru asked, ‘I prayed all these years, and you never came, how come today?’
I’m not here for you today – the divine replied. ‘You shouldn’t have told the lady how to pray.
Before, when she was praying, she was doing it from her soul, I felt her prayer, she cared for me like her own, but now, she is so busy remembering all the things you taught her that she forgot how to pray.
I’m not in her prayer anymore; she is not praying from her heart but rather following a procedure.’
Moral of the story: Just because someone is not doing things the way you do, doesn’t mean their way of doing is wrong.
10. You get what you give
A farmer always used to sell butter to a baker. Things were going smoothly until one day when the baker decided to weigh the butter to see if the farmer is giving him the exact amount that he asked for.
On weighing the butter, he found out that the butter he was getting was lesser than what he had asked for. The baker then took the farmer to court.
The judge asked the farmer if he uses any device to measure the weight of the butter.
The farmer replied, ‘your honor, I don’t have a proper measure, but I do have a scale because we are primitive.’ To which the judge asked again, ‘ How do you weigh the butter?’
The farmer replied, ‘your honor, long before the baker started buying butter from me, I have been buying a loaf of bread of exact same amount as the butter he buys from me.
That is why, every day when the baker brings the bread, I put it on the scale and give him butter the exact same weight.’
Judge asked the administration to find it if the farmer was telling the truth, and later it was proven that if anyone was cheating, it was the baker and not the farmer.
Moral of the story: Think twice before giving someone something you wouldn’t enjoy yourself because you will get exactly what you give.
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11. Embrace what you have
Yet another simple treat from our list of inspirational stories. It was summer, and the sun was burning the earth. In a jungle, there was a lion that lived in a cave and hadn’t eaten in days.
Every day he would look for a pray but couldn’t find anything.
The next day with no hope, he still went on looking for something to eat. As he was roaming around the jungle, he saw a small hare.
He caught the hare but wasn’t satisfied as he knew that the hare wouldn’t fill his stomach.
As the lion was about to kill the hare, his eyes went on deer coming his way. He thought,’ instead of eating this small hare and wasting my time, I would rather catch that deer and eat.’
So he let the hare go and went after the deer, but sadly it vanished in the forest, and since he was hungry and weak, he couldn’t keep up with the deer.
As a result, the lion had nothing to eat as the hare was also long gone.
Moral of the story: Don’t be too greedy and embrace the things you have with you right now. But that doesn’t mean you should just agree with the situation you are living in. Look for better things while appreciating the ones you have.
12. Don’t materialize the love
A man punishes his young daughter because she had wasted a brand new marker on the wall by making some weird-looking characters. Her father was going through a financial crisis, so he got angry because now he has no marker and a wall to clean.
It was Christmas, and the girl brought a gift to her father and said, ‘this is for you, daddy.’
The father felt sorry for his behavior earlier, but his rage continued when he saw that the box was empty.
He yelled at his daughter, ‘Don’t you have a brain? Don’t you know when you give someone a gift, you are supposed to put something inside?’
The little girl looked at her dad, eyes filled with water, and said, ‘Oh daddy, I did put something inside the box. I blew kisses into it, and they all are for you.
She added; please don’t erase that picture from the wall, daddy, because I have drawn our family there along with mummy.’
Her mummy had passed away a couple of years back.
Her father felt so sorry and put his arms around her and begged for her forgiveness. After a couple of months, the girl died with the same rare disease as her mother.
Her father kept the box by his side, and whenever he felt down, he would take out an imaginary box of kisses and remember the love of his child.
Moral of the story: Love is a pure feeling and not something which is associated with money.
13. Believe in yourself, and never give up
An old man was living in a tiny house and owned a very old car. He was broke and was surviving on a $99 social security check.
The days were passing, and he was not getting any younger. He decided not to live like that.
The old man remembered that his friends always talked good about his chicken recipe, and that’s where he decided to make chicken using the same recipe.
He left the town and traveled to different places to try to sell his recipe.
The man went to restaurants and talked to the owner, saying he would give the recipe for free, and in return, they only had to give a small percentage on the items sold.
Unfortunately, the owner didn’t like the idea. He went on to ask more than 1000 times and got rejected.
Even after all those big ‘No,’ he refused to give up because he believed in his recipe.
He got rejected 1009 times, then finally he heard one ‘yes.’ With that one, yes, He changed the way Americans eat chicken.
We are talking about the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, or as we know it, KFC, Colonel Hartland Sanders.
One of the best and real inspirational stories of all time.
Moral of the story: Not everyone will understand you, not all will know your worth, but that doesn’t mean you should stop trying. That day will come for sure when you will be proud of yourself for not giving up.
14. Value the time we have
Imagine you have a magic basket in which 86,400 gold coins appear each morning. However, the coins you have not used during the day disappear. What would you do? Use every single coin each day, right?
What if I told you that we all have that magic basket? Its name is ‘Time.’ Each morning, it gives you 86,400 seconds.
Every night the seconds we have not used disappears. We cannot carry the remaining seconds from today to tomorrow.
Each day the basket appears with limited coins, and each night all the unused coins disappear. We all have been given the exact same time as anyone on this planet.
It is up to us how we use them. People who use it wisely reach the moon, and those who fail to value it spend their whole life complaining about not having enough time.
Moral of the story: The time we have is limited, and once gone, it never comes back. So use your time wisely because it is no less than a gold coin if you know how to use it.