Last day was bad one for me. I remained upset for the whole day, got bored in between and sad as well. All this caused just because I was thinking, over and over again. At times, I felt low and depressed too. I was thinking of a change in the behavior of one of my friends, which had made me feel ignored. Even, I did not have a proper dinner before I left for the office to work in the night shift. While going to the office, I met with a stranger who was new to the city. He inquired about certain address and coincidentally it was in the same direction as that of my office. He offered me a lift and I agreed thus reached to the office before time. I wondered how generous some people could be! Truly, kindness is a gift that not everyone gets and only lucky people have such people in their lives. As I reached, I shook the hands with my colleagues and settled down at my desk. I was still feeling low and wanted to get out of it as soon as possible. I was hoping for no pending work, as I was not in a mood to do any work. I quickly went through all unread mails and found myself lucky. There was no work for me to do last night. I sighed with relief.
I decided to read something inspirational that could change my mood. I knew one site, which I had already visited just a couple of days before. I googled “Inspirational Stories” and clicked on the very first link from the list. The website was academictips.org, full of inspirational stuff, exactly what I wanted to read at that moment. Thereafter, It happened to be the most inspirational night of my life that certainly changed my perspective towards life. In the silent journey of seven hours, I learned many important things about life. One thing I liked about all these stories was that no writer had fantasized them. Those all were real happenings happened in people’s lives, which made me believe much in them. In that seven hours I read fourteen stories, each had a unique and beautiful message to covey.
The first story I read was “Give time to our family” where in a man’s wife asks him to spend a day with his elderly mother for no special reason. The man agrees and spends an entire day with his mother. It was after many years that they were together, only both of them sharing a quality time with each other. They both had a dinner too on that evening. All went smoothly, more than expected for the man and certainly, his mother enjoyed that day too. The mother was overwhelmed with joy and felt pleased. Later some days, she dies of a heart attack which makes the man realize how important that day was in his life that he spent with his mother. I too realized the importance of time and ever y little moment. In today’s world, we all rush behind our work, stay out of the home for long times and forgets to spend quality time with our family. We should take off some time to spend those beautiful moments with our loved ones for that they deserve it. Who knows how the time will pass by and we will miss a chance to be with our loved ones in the future. So, it’s better to give time to our family.
Second story I read was “The last cab ride” wherein an eighty years old woman takes a cab ride to her hospice late in the night. Fortunately, the cab driver happens to be kind and generous enough to take the cab to the places all over the city where the old woman had spent precious moments of her life. She re-live all those moments and re-memorizes all her beautiful memories once again, which gave her immense happiness in her last stage of life. It turns out to be one of the happiest and pleasing nights for her, which could never be possible without the cab driver’s help. It was his kindness, which helped her to live those moments and made her happy at the last stage of her life. The same is with our lives; we often become so selfish and self-centered that we forget to help and show kindness to others. I realized that the life would be more beautiful if we help others to make them happy in any possible way.
Third story I read was “The Cookie Thief” wherein a woman engrossed in her book eats the cookies from the bag of an unknown man seated beside her. Unaware of the fact that she was not eating her own cookies, she thinks of him as a rude and uncultured person as he continues to eat while she was. She declares him a cookie thief in her mind. She continues to accuse his behavior until she came to know that it was she, who was eating cookies from his bag and not him eating from her bag of cookies. Apparently, she was the rude one, ingrate and thief, and not the man who was just trying to share his cookies with her. It often happens in our lives too. Sometimes we just overlook the situation and misunderstand the other person’s intentions who actually want to help us. Unaware of the situation, we blame others who apparently are doing good to us; misjudge them and become rude for no reason. I realized we should not judge people without knowing the circumstances around.
Fourth story I read was “The lost wallet, a great love story” wherein a boy and a girl; truly in love with one another meets at the hospital after a very long-span of sixty years. The lost wallet of that boy who had now become old man happens to be the sole reason for their miraculous meet. Both, the girl and boy remained unmarried throughout their lives as they truly loved each other and after long sixty years they meets and got married. It is very rare to find this type of love these days. Also, I realized that the good things which are supposed to happen in our lives will happen for sure, not immediately but they will with no doubts.
Fifth story I read was “The Elephant Rope” wherein the big elephants does not seem to try to break the thin ropes to which they are tied to. However, it would be very easy for them to break those thin ropes and become free; they just do not give a try. Their trainer said, “When they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.” These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they could not, they were stuck right where they were. Like the elephants, many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before. We should know that failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.
Sixth story I read was “The greatest gift is Love” wherein a woman supposed to allow one thing from wealth, success and love to get in her house. For no reason, she chooses love. Surprisingly, wealth and success follows the love and enters her house. This is what a reality is, where there is love, wealth and success will follow.
Seventh story I read was “The pretty one, very inspiring” wherein a small kid buys a puppy with cleft lip and palate as like him. He does not seem to care about it and believed is very expensive than any other. Behind his thinking was his grandmother who had made him believe that he was most beautiful and expensive in spite of his cleft lip and palate. The kid also thinks in the same way and accepts that puppy with big heart. It is indeed one if the most important thing in our life that we should accept our self as we are. Living creatures are god gifted and we should respect their physical appearance. In the end, it is how we see ourselves in the mirror.
Eighth story I read was “The Smell of Rain” wherein a small baby girl survives after two months of struggle with the life. The girl named Danae born as premature baby was supposed to die as per doctor’s verdict. Even her father too had lost the hopes on her and was preparing for her funeral. But, her mother did not lose the hopes and showed a full faith in god. At last, her faith turned into life and the little Danae survived. The story is such nicely narrated that you could feel it and at the same time, it is claimed to be a true one. Nevertheless, I have always believed in god and the story has certainly made me believe more in him. It also proves that the God will always b there for us if we keep faith in him.
Ninth story I read was “Don’t Be Afraid” which was not a story but an inspirational speech by Rohit Wadhwaney. According to him, we should not get afraid to lose anything from our life. What we lose can be achieved again and again. The lines are truly meaningful and inspirational. I needed the lines like this so thanks to him for such a nice thoughts.
Tenth story I read was “A box of kisses” wherein a father punishes his three years old daughter for wasting a gold wrapping paper and yells at her angrily for the empty gift box offered by her to him. The little girl’s feelings get hurt and she cries saying she had blown kisses in that box for him. The father realizes his mistake and asks for forgiveness. After that day, he used to keep that box with him on his bed and take out an imaginary kiss whenever he gets sad or depressed. In a very real sense, each of us as humans have been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, friends, family and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.
Eleventh story I read was “Be Content About Your Life” which is a real incident from Wendy Tan’s life. Few years ago, he happened to travel India and there he witnessed a cruel scene of life. He saw a beggar mother chopping her little child’s one hand so that he could become a real handicapped. Ultimately, he would be a real beggar and can beg for food in front of people. This cruelty of life changes his life forever and he started to believe how fortunate he was thinking he has everything on his side. The story taught me a very good lesson. We always complain about what we do not have and forget to appreciate what we have. We should always consider ourselves blessed for what we have and be content with our lives.
Twelfth story I read was “The loser who never gave up” which is a true story of famous cartoonist Charles Schulz. He never lost his hopes. He continuously took efforts in what he likes. He was a big looser during his school life and got rejected several times in his early life. However, he kept faith in his work and moved on to become a famous cartoonist. It often happens that failures come to us before the success. It is a rule of life; no one gets success without failures. Everyone struggles through his or her life but in the end, he wins who continues his journey towards the destination.
Thirteenth story I read was “The miracle of love, true story”. It is a very touchy and beautiful story about the love of a brother for his sister. A little baby girl named Marlee born in serious condition. Doctors kept her in ICU for special treatment and did not allow her small brother to meet her. Day by day, her situation was getting worse. Her brother wanted to meet her but could not. At last, when she the hopes were very rare; mother took him to his sister where he sings a song for her which he used to sing when she was in a womb. The miracle happened and girl survived. It is hard to believe in such things but we should because it is why they are miracles, the unbelievable happenings. Also, we should never underestimate the power of love which can do impossible things in this world.
The last story I read was “Military: A beautiful true love story” wherein a military soldier accepts his girlfriend even after she becomes ugly due to an accident happened to her. We should know that the real beauty does not lie in person’s physical appearance. It lies within his heart, his nature and his attitude. You should love a person for his character and not for the outer beauty.
I did this much of reading in the last night for almost seven hours. I had never read so much continuously for so long. It was a very wonderful night I had spent in my life so far. Each story inspired and taught something to me. I hope you will enjoy this post too and if you want to go through these stories in detail, click this link for the website. Read and get inspired.
Cheers and good night !