When life has pushed you to the wall, turn to these motivational stories. Not only will they give you the comfort you need but they may spark an idea and change you for the better. Get ready to be inspired. Get ready to smile.
Always know your worth
A lecturer started off a session by holding up a 1000 shilling note. 50 students had attended the lecture.
“Who would like this 1000 Shilling note,” He asked holding the money up higher for everyone to see.
All 50 hands rented the air. Not a single one was left behind.
“I am going to give this note to one of you. However, allow me to do this first,” he said as he crumpled the note up with his hand over and over again.
“Who is still interested in the note?” He asked for a second time.
All the 50 hands were raised.
“Well,” he replied, “What if I now do this to the note?”
Then he dropped the note on the ground and stomped on it with his shoes. It had a visible tear on it.
He picked it up and showed it to the onlooking students. The note was all crumpled and dirty.
“Now who still wants the dirty note?” He asked for the third time.
All the hands still went up, even much higher this time.
“Take note, my students, I have just shown you a very important lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. However much I stepped on it, it was still Kshs. 1000," he said.
Many times in our lives, life's hurdles step on us, crumples us, drown us and grinds us into the dirt. We make bad decisions to deal with our poor circumstances. Then we end up feeling worthless. However, no matter what has happened to us or what will happen to us in the future, you will never lose your value. You will never lose your worth. You are special. There can only be one you. There is only one Deogracious in the world, only one Dominick, one Benter, one Declan, one Aquino, one Eulalia, one Allan, one Tracy, one Sylvanus, one Wendy, one Janet and one Mike in the world. Don’t you ever forget it!
Shake off your problems.
A farmer's one and only donkey fell into a deep precipice. He could not pull it out no matter how hard he tried. And trust me, he tried. With no one to help him, the farmer, with a heavy heart, quickly counted his losses and decided to bury the donkey alive.
He poured soil onto the donkey from above. The donkey felt the load, shook it off, and stepped on it. The farmer kept pouring more soil.
The donkey shook it off and stepped up. The more the soil was poured, the higher the donkey rose. With continued pouring, the donkey was soon grazing in green pastures and no longer trapped.
Learn to always shake off your problems. By stepping on them you learn from them. Remember what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. As you keep rising above your problems you get wiser and soon you will be grazing on greener pastures.
How do you respond to adversity?
There was a troubled daughter who once went and complained to her father that her life was a mess and that she didn’t know how she was going to turn it around and live her dreams. She was tired of the constant struggles. It seemed like when she had solved one problem, another problem followed soon after.
Her father, who was a farmer, listened to her carefully. Then he later led her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on fire. Once the three pots began to boil. He placed ground coffee beans in one pot, potatoes in the second pot and eggs in the third pot.
He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. After thirty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes and eggs out of the pots and placed them in different bowls.
He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.
"My dear, what do you see?” He asked her.
“Coffee, potatoes and eggs” she hastily replied.
“Look closer,” he said, “why don't you touch the potatoes?” She touched the potatoes and noted that they had become soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the egg's shell, she observed that the egg had become hard. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.
“What does this mean father?” She asked.
He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same problem. They were all placed in boiling water. However, each one reacted differently to the situation. The potato went in the pot strong, hard, and unrelenting. After spending some time in the boiling water, it became soft and weak.
The egg was weak and fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid inside until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard and solid.
However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.
In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us. When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? Which one are you?