Feel Good Inspirational and Motivational Stories with Morals

Nothing like a good story to fill the soul with positive energy! Sometimes in life, we find ourselves in situations where we feel like nothing good ever happens.During times of great difficulty, a good story with values is all the pep talk you need to get through the day.  If you’re in the mood for light reading, these inspirational and motivational stories with morals:

During times of great difficulty, a good story with values is all the pep talk you need to get through the day.  If you’re in the mood for light reading, these inspirational and motivational stories with morals:

A Mother’s Loving Guidance

One day Thomas Edison came home and gave a paper to his mother. He told her, “My teacher gave this paper to me and told me to only give it to my mother.” His mother’s eyes were tearful as she read the letter aloud to her child, “Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself.”

Many years after Edison’s mother had died; Edison had become one of the greatest inventors of the century. One day he was going through the old closet and he found a folded letter, which was given to him by his teacher for his mother. He opened it. The message written on the letter was, “Your son is mentally ill. We cannot let him attend our school anymore. He is expelled.”

Edison became emotional reading it and then he wrote in his diary, “Thomas Alva Edison was a mentally ill child whose mother turned him into the genius of the century.”

Moral of the Story: Nothing in this world is as strong or as precious as a mother’s love. With proper guidance and lots of love, a child can become whoever he or she wants to be! A mother’s guiding hands can change the destiny of a child.

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A Boy’s Job Appraisal

A little boy went into a drug store, reached for a soda carton and pulled it over to the telephone. He climbed onto the carton so that he could reach the buttons on the phone and proceeded to punch in seven digits (phone numbers).  The store-owner observed and listened to the conversation.

Boy: ‘Lady, can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?
Woman: (at the other end of the phone line): ‘I already have someone to cut my lawn.’
Boy: ‘Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price of the person who cuts your lawn now.’
Woman: I’m very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting my lawn.
Boy: (with more perseverance): ‘Lady, I’ll even sweep your curb and your sidewalk, so on Sunday you will have the prettiest lawn in all of Palm beach, Florida.’
Woman: No, thank you.

With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver.  The store owner, who was listening to all this, walked over to the boy.

Store Owner: ‘Son, I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job.’
Boy: ‘No thanks.’
Store Owner: But you were really pleading for one.
Boy: No Sir, I was just checking my performance at the job I already have. I am the one who is working for that lady I was talking to!’

Moral: The hardworking boy in the story loved his job so much that he performs a self-appraisal, just to see how his employer would respond. The story teaches the importance of hard work, of committing one’s self to the job at hand and reaping its reward. Never let a little success get in your head. Do not rest on your laurels, always look for ways to improve your craft.

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Never Judge Too Quickly

English: Apple. Polski: Jabłko.
English: Apple. Polski: Jabłko. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Father and his daughter were playing in the park.  His young daughter spotted an apple vendor.  She asked her father to buy her an apple.  Father didn’t bring much money with him, but it was enough to purchase two apples.  So he bought two apples and gave his daughter.

His daughter held one apple each in her two hands.  Then a father asked her if she can share one apple with him.  Upon hearing this, his daughter quickly took a bite from one apple.  And before her father could speak, she also took a bite from the second apple.

A Father was surprised.  He wondered what mistake he made raising her daughter that she acted in such a greedy way.  His mind was lost in thoughts, that perhaps he is just thinking too much, his daughter is too young to understand about sharing and giving.  A smile had disappeared from his face.

And suddenly his daughter with an apple in her one hand said, “Father have this one, this one is much juiciest and sweeter”.  Her father was speechless.  He felt bad about reaching to the judgment so quickly about a small child.  However, his smile came back now knowing why his daughter quickly took a bite from each apple.

Moral of the Story: Sometimes we judge people too quickly, not realizing that there are reasons why people do what they do. We all have our own stories so it’s never wise to reach a conclusion without knowing the battles that a certain person is facing. Before judging a person, discover the reason behind his or her actions. You might be surprised at what you’ll discover.

The Traveler and the Plane Tree

English: Historical Buffon's plane tree (Plata...
English: Historical Buffon’s plane tree (Platanus orientalis, planted in 1785) in winter, Jardin des Plantes de Paris Français : Le platane historique planté par Buffon en 1785 (Platanus orientalis) en hiver, Jardin des Plantes de Paris. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two men were walking along one summer day. Soon it became too hot to go any further and, seeing a large plane tree nearby, they threw themselves on the ground to rest in its shade.

Gazing up into the branches one man said to the other, “What a useless tree this is. It does not have fruit or nuts that we can eat and we cannot even use its wood for anything.”

“Don’t be so ungrateful,” rustled the tree in reply. “I am being extremely useful to you at this very moment, shielding you from the hot sun. And you call me a good-for-nothing!”

Moral of the Story: Sometimes in our struggles, we fail to see the good things that come our way. In the story, the traveler was too quick to make judgments, belittling the tree without looking at the bigger picture. In the end, he realized that everything in this world has a purpose. You just need to take a closer look to find out what that purpose is.

The Lazy Donkey

Bhola owns a donkey called Khandya. Bhola is a very tolerant and kind master. The donkey is lazy and is always finding ways to avoid work.

Once while returning with loads of salt on his back, Khandya falls in the river. He realizes that the fall has lessened the weights of the sacks as the salt has dissolved in the water.

The next few days Khandya purposely falls into the water every day. Bhola is unhappy at the way Khandya is behaving because he is losing money in the process. He decides to teach Khandya a lesson.

The next day instead of salt bags, he loads Khandya with bags of cotton. Khandya is unaware of the change. As planned, he falls into the water and gets the bags wet. He is surprised to find the load unbearable. In the end, his master leaves him hungry by the side of the road. Khandya learned his lesson and starts behaving.

Moral of the Story: Laziness will inevitably leave you in ruins. When it comes to work, always give your 100% and you will reap the rewards of your hard work.  But if you’re lazy, you’ll eventually find yourself jobless and full of regret.

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The Thirsty Crow

One hot day, a thirsty crow flew all over the fields looking for water. For a long time, he could not find any. He felt very weak, almost lost all hope. Suddenly, he saw a water jug below the tree. He flew straight down to see if there was any water inside. Yes, he could see some water inside the jug!

The crow tried to push his head into the jug. Sadly, he found that the neck of the jug was too narrow. Then he tried to push the jug to tilt for the water to flow out but the jug was too heavy.

The crow thought hard for a while. Then looking around it, he saw some pebbles. He suddenly had a good idea. He started picking up the pebbles one by one, dropping each into the jug. As more and more pebbles filled the jug, the water level kept rising. Soon it was high enough for the crow to drink. His plan had worked!

Moral of the Story: Sometimes the solutions to our problems are right in front of our eyes. One has to work hard to resolve a certain problem. Just like the cow in the story, always approach a problem with a clear head. Through quick thinking and hard work, anything is possible.

The Ant and the Dove

One hot day, an ant was searching for some water. After walking around for some time, she came to a spring. To reach the spring, she had to climb up a blade of grass. While making her way up, she slipped and fell into the water. She could have drowned if a dove up a nearby tree had not seen her.

Seeing that the ant was in trouble, the dove quickly plucked off a leaf and dropped it into the water near the struggling ant. The ant moved towards the leaf and climbed up there.

Soon it carried her safely to dry ground. Just at that time, a hunter nearby was throwing out his net towards the dove, hoping to trap it. Guessing what he was about to do, the ant quickly bit him on the heel. Feeling the pain, the hunter dropped his net. The dove was quick to fly away to safety.

Moral of the Story: All good deeds are rewarded, in one way or another. Do good and all the positive energies that came out of it will find their way back to you. One good turn deserves another.

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The Farmer and the Stork

English: ploughing
English: ploughing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Finding that cranes were destroying his newly sown corn, a farmer one evening set a net in his field to catch the destructive birds. When he went to examine the net next morning, he found a number of cranes and also a stork.

“Release me, I beseech you,” cried the stork, “for I have eaten none of your corn, nor have I done you any harm. I am a poor innocent stork, as you may see – a most dutiful bird, I honor my father and mother. “But the farmer cut him short.

“All this may be true enough, I dare say, but I have caught you with those were destroying my crops, and you must suffer from the company in which you are found.”

Moral of the Story: We don’t realize it, but sometimes the company we keep can put us in a compromising position. Sometimes we are judged by the people we associate ourselves with so it’s important to always be in good company.

The Smart Frog

A frog was hopping around a farmyard when it decided to investigate the barn. Being somewhat careless, and maybe a little too curious, he ended up falling into a pail half-filled with fresh milk.

As he swam about attempting to reach the top of the pail, he found that the sides of the pail were too high and steep to reach. He tried to stretch his back legs to push off the bottom of the pail but found it too deep. But this frog was determined not to give up, and he continued to struggle.

He kicked, squirmed, kicked, and squirmed until at last, all his churning about in the milk had turned the milk into a big hunk of butter. The butter was now solid enough for him to climb onto and get out of the pail!

Moral of the Story: For some, giving up after facing several roadblocks seems like the best idea. In the end, they were not able to get the right reward for their efforts. Success doesn’t come easily. You have to keep trying every time you fail. Even in the midst of hopelessness, never give up.

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A well-known speaker started his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up.

He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, “Who still wants it?” Still, the hands were up in the air.

“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.

He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. “Now who still wants it?” Still, the hands went into the air.

“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.”

Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are special – Don’t ever forget it!

Moral of the Story: At the lowest point of your life, you may feel worthless and helpless. But each one of us is special in our own way. Problems may come and go and just like the $20 in the story; you may be dropped, crumpled, and stomped upon. But you will never lose your value.

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