Short stories with lesson

Another inspirational short story I came across: The Loan Shark

Short stories are powerful reads. The great thing about them is that they’re so easy to digest, and there’s always a moral at the end of the story. Whether they’re true stories or not is another thing, as many of them are legends supposedly hundreds of years old.  However, the stories that I’m talking about in this series are so powerful and inspirational that many of them really do get you thinking.

 

Short Stories Series

I’ve been reading plenty of short stories in the past couple of weeks and found the lessons behind them truly wonderful. There’s always a moral to learn at the end of each story. So I’ve decided to write out this article highlighting one of my favorite short stories I came across. Next to the subheading I’ve put what for me the story’s lesson is all about. If you like these kind of short stories I can come up with more each month. You can find all of them in this section. For now, enjoy the Loan Shark story.

 

The loan shark

 

In a small Italian town, hundreds of years ago, a small business owner owed a large sum of money to a loan-shark. The loan-shark was a very old, unattractive looking guy that just so happened to fancy the business owner’s daughter. He decided to offer the businessman a deal that would completely wipe out the debt he owed him. However, the catch was that we would only wipe out the debt if he could marry the businessman’s daughter.

 

Needless to say, this proposal was met with a look of disgust. The loan-shark said that he would place two pebbles into a bag, one white and one black. The daughter would then have to reach into the bag and pick out a pebble. If it was black, the debt would be wiped, but the loan-shark would then marry her. If it was white, the debt would also be wiped, but the daughter wouldn’t have to marry the loan-shark.

 

Standing on a pebble-strewn path in the businessman’s garden, the loan-shark bent over and picked up two pebbles. Whilst he was picking them up, the daughter noticed that he’d picked up two black pebbles and placed them both into the bag. He then asked the daughter to reach into the bag and pick one.

 

The daughter naturally had three choices as to what she could have done:

  • Refuse to pick a pebble from the bag.
  • Take both pebbles out of the bag and expose the loan-shark for cheating.
  • Pick a pebble from the bag fully well knowing it was black and sacrifice herself for her father’s freedom.

 

She drew out a pebble from the bag, and before looking at it ‘accidentally’ dropped it into the midst of the other pebbles. She said to the loan-shark:

 

Oh, how clumsy of me. Never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.

 

The pebble left in the bag is obviously black, and seeing as the loan-shark didn’t want to be exposed, he had to play along as if the pebble the daughter dropped was white, and clear her father’s debt.

 

Out of the box

The message behind this short story is obviously the one that promotes thinking out of the box. Though situations can sometimes be overcome through out of the box thinking, and not give in to the only options you think you have to pick from.

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Short stories with lesson

One of the best inspirational short stories I came across: The Elephant Rope

Short stories are powerful reads. The great thing about them is that they’re very easy to digest, and there’s always something to learn from. Whether they’re true stories or not is another thing, as many of them are legends supposedly hundreds of years old.  However, the stories that I’m talking about in this series (you can find more over here) are so powerful and inspirational that many of them really do get you thinking.

 

I’ve decided to write out this article highlighting one of my favorite short stories I came across. Next to the subheading I’ve put what for me the story’s lesson is all about. For now, enjoy the Elephant Rope Story.

 

The Elephant Rope Story

When a gentleman was passing an elephant camp, he suddenly stopped surprised by the fact that these elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains.

 

All that was holding them back from escaping the camp, was a small rope tied to their front leg. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they didn’t. As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. They could easily have done so, but instead, they didn’t try to at all.

 

Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked a trainer nearby why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape. The trainer replied:

 

“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.”

 

The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was that over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible. The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

 

LAST NOTE

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning. More precisely, failure is part of success: we should never give up the struggle in life. No matter how much the world tries to hold you back, always continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible. Believing you can become successful is the most important step in actually achieving it. You may also like this blog that I wrote about my idea of what success is all about: Being successful while being yourself.

More short stories

I’ve been reading plenty of short stories in the past couple of weeks and found the lessons behind them truly wonderful. There’s always a moral to learn at the end of each story. If you like these kind of short stories I can come up with more each month. You can find all of them in this section.

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