15 Top Stories With Images That Will Motivate You Today
Top Stories for Everyday Motivation: Today we have compiled some of the greatest top stories that will change your life and will prove a source of great inspiration in your turbulent times. These stories are not only enthralling in reading but have a deep moral also imbibed in them. They will refresh your mind and change the way of your thinking.
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1. Top Story on Importance of Compassion In Life
There was once a weak old woman whose loving husband died. So she went to live with her son and his wife and daughter. Every day, the woman’s sight grew worse and her hearing grew worse. Some days her hands trembled so badly the peas on her plate rolled onto the floor and the soup ran from her cup.
Her son and his wife couldn’t help but be annoyed at the mess she made and one day they said enough was enough. So they set up a little table for the old woman in a corner next to the broom closet and made her eat all of her meals there, alone.
She would look at them at meantimes with tear-filled eyes from across the room, but they hardly talked to her while they ate, except to scold her for dropping a spoon or a fork.
“One evening, just before dinner, the little girl was sitting on the floor playing with her building blocks.
‘What are you making?’ Her father asked earnestly.
‘I’m building a little table for you and mother,’ she said, ‘so you can eat by yourselves in the corner someday when I get big.’
The father and mother were moved to silence for what seemed like an eternity. Then they started to weep. In that instant, they became aware of the nature of their actions and the sadness they had caused.
That night they led the old woman back to her rightful place at their big dinner table and from that day on she ate all her meals with them. And when a little morsel of food fell off the table or a fork strayed onto the floor; nobody seemed to mind anymore.
Moral of The Story: The parents were not bad people. They simply needed the spark of awareness to light their candle of compassion.
By Robin S. Sharma, from “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”
Copyright ©1997 by Harper Collins Publishers
2. Top Story: The Tale of Two Pebbles
Many years ago in a small Indian village, a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer’s beautiful daughter. So he decided to offer the farmer a deal that would completely wipe out the debt he owed him. However, the catch was that he would only wipe out the farmer’s debt if he could marry his daughter.
Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. Needless to say, this proposal was met with a look of disgust. So the cunning money-lender suggested that they let providence decide the matter. He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag. Then the girl would have to reach into the bag and pick out a pebble.
If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven. If she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.
They were standing on a pebble-strewn path in the farmer’s field. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. Whilst he was picking them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and placed them into the bag. He then asked the girl to reach into the bag and pick one.
Now, imagine that you were standing in the field. What would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her? Take a moment to ponder this. What would you recommend that the girl do?
Naturally, you have 3 choices: 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.
The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.
“Oh, how clumsy of me!” she said. “But 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 but the moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty. As he didn’t want to be exposed, he had to play along as if the pebble the girl dropped was white, and clear her father’s debt. The girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.
Moral of The Story: Think outside of the box. Most problems do have a solution, sometimes we just need to think in a different way.
By Edward de Bono
3. Top Story on The Important Things In Life
A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.
He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up the remaining open areas of the jar.
He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”
“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter – like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff.”
“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.”
“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the disposal.”
Moral of The Story: “Take care of the rocks first: the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
4. Top Story on Importance of Perception
Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played sex Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. two thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
After 3 minutes a middle-aged man noticed there was a musician playing… He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.
4 Minutes Later: The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
6 Minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.
45 Minutes: The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.
1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and people’s priorities. The question raised: In a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made… How many other things are we missing?
Moral of The Story: Realize the beauty everywhere around you.
5. A Top Story That Will Change Your Thinking
A popular speaker started off a seminar by holding up a $20 bill. A crowd of 200 had gathered to hear him speak. He asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?”
200 hands went up.
He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He crumpled the bill up.
He then asked, “Who still wants it?”
All 200 hands were still raised.
“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” Then he dropped the bill on the ground and stomped on it with his shoes.
He picked it up and showed it to the crowd. The bill was all crumpled and dirty.
“Now who still wants it?”
All the hands still went up.
“My friends, 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. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, life crumples us and grinds us into the dirt.”
“We make bad decisions or deal with poor circumstances. We feel 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: Even though you’re damaged, you still have value.
6. Top Story: Things Are Not Always What They Seem
Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room. Instead, the angels were given a small space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it.
When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, “Things are not always what they seem.” The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night’s rest.
When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field. The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel, “How could you have let this happen?
The first man had everything, yet you helped him” – he accused. “The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die.”
“Things are not always what they seem” – the older angel replied.
“When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he would not find it. Then last night as we slept in the farmer’s bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things are not always what they seem.”
Moral of The Story: Don’t complain about things until you understand them in a deeper way.
7. Top Story on What You Lose Actually In Life
A man and his wife went to visit friends in another part of the country and were taken to a racecourse. Fascinated by the sight of horses chasing one another around a track, the two of them kept betting all evening till they had no more than two dollars left. The following day the man prevailed upon his wife to let him go to the course alone.
There was a horse with a fifty to-one odds on it in the first race. He bet on the horse and it wins. He put all the money he won on another long shot in the next race and again he won. He put all the money he won on another long shot in the next race and again he won.
He kept doing this all evening and his entire earnings came to fifty-seven thousand dollars. On the way back home he passed by a gambling den. An inner voice, the same that seemed to have guided him in his choice of horses, said, “Stop here and go in.”
So he stopped, went in, and found himself standing in front of a roulette wheel. The voice said, “Number thirteen.” The man put the entire fifty-seven thousand on number thirteen. The wheel spun. The croupier announced, “Number fourteen.”
So the man walked back home with nothing in his pocket. His wife called out to him from the porch, “How did it go?” The husband shrugged his shoulders. “I lost the two dollars,” he said.
Moral of The Story: Come to think of it, you never lose any more than that, no matter what you lose.
8. Top Story on Impact of Anger on Your Life
“There once was a little boy who had a very bad temper. His father decided to hand him a bag of nails and said that every time the boy lost his temper, he had to hammer a nail into the fence.
On the first day, the boy hammered 37 nails into that fence.
The boy gradually began to control his temper over the next few weeks, and the number of nails he was hammering into the fence slowly decreased. He discovered it was easier to control his temper than to hammer those nails into the fence.
Finally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father the news and the father suggested that the boy should now pull out a nail every day he kept his temper under control.
The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.
‘You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.’”
Moral of The Story: Don’t say something you regret out of anger.
9. Top Story on The Divine Law of Karma
A father was observing his sons; they were increasingly getting doubtful of the existence of God. They used to say, “If God exists somewhere then he is very partial. He gives happiness to one and pain to the other. We do not feel like revering somebody who does not do justice with everyone”. The father called his sons and took them to the farm.
He had seeds of rose, mango, and neem plants in his hand. He said, “I am planting these seeds in the same soil, giving them equal nourishment, water, and care but can you tell me why each of these will grow up to be so different from the other?” The sons replied that it was not the fault of the person planting them, or of the field, but of natures of the seeds, which were so different.
The father smiled and said, “Similarly, God is neither partial nor unjust. The different situations that everybody faces are the result of one’s own karmas or the seeds of deeds that they have planted. A man reaps what he sows. God is not responsible for the situations faced by a person.
Man himself is responsible for it”. The boys understood that the situations a person faces in his lifetime, whether good or bad, are the result of his own actions and he is the only one responsible for his rise or downfall. The choice is his to make.
Moral of The Story: You are The Creator of Your Own Destiny, not The God.
10. Top Story on Focus on The Good Things In Life
“Two friends were walking through the desert. At one stage in their journey, they had an argument and one friend slapped the other one in the face.
The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything he wrote in the sand, ‘Today my best friend slapped me in the face.’
They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to have a wash. The one who had been slapped got stuck in a mire and started drowning, but his friend saved him. After he had recovered from his shock, he wrote on a stone, ‘Today my best friend saved my life.’
The friend who slapped and saved his best friend asked him, ‘After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write in stone, why?’
The other friend replied, ‘When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.’”
Moral of The Story: Focus on the good things in life and neglect the bad ones.
11. Top Story on The Secret of A Great Relationship
A boy and a girl were playing together. The boy had a collection of marbles. The girl had some sweets with her. The boy told the girl that he will give her all his marbles in exchange for her sweets. The girl agreed. The boy kept the biggest and the most beautiful marble aside and gave the rest to the girl.
The girl gave him all her sweets as she had promised. That night, the girl slept peacefully. But the boy couldn’t sleep as he kept wondering if the girl had hidden some sweets from him the way he had hidden his best marble.
If you don’t give your hundred percent in a relationship, you’ll always keep doubting if the other person has given his/her hundred percent. This is applicable for any relationship like love, employer-employee relationship, etc.
Moral of The Story: Give your hundred percent to everything you do and sleep peacefully.
12. Top Story: Even A Small Difference Matters In Life
There was a man walking. He saw that a tide came with hundreds of starfish and when the tide receded, they were left behind and with the morning sun rays, they would die. The tide was fresh and the starfish were alive. The man took a few steps, picked one, and threw it into the water.
He did that repeatedly. Right behind him, there was another person who couldn’t understand what this man was doing. He caught up with him and asked, “What are you doing? There are hundreds of starfish. How many can you help? What difference does it make?”
This man did not reply, took two more steps, picked up another one, threw it into the water, and said, It makes a difference to this one.”
Moral of The Story: What difference are we making? Big or small, it does not matter. If everyone made a small difference, we’d end up with a big difference, wouldn’t we?
13. Top Story: The Importance of People We Met
During James’s first month of high school, the teacher gave his student a pop quiz. He was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until he read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke.
He had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired, and in her 50s, but how would he know her name? He handed in his paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward the quiz grade.
“Absolutely,” said the teacher. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They each deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say “hello”. James never forgot that lesson. He also learned her name was Margaret.
Moral of The Story: Everyone in your life is just like the people you give importance to.
14. Top Story on Importance of Objective In Life
A traveler was moving on the road. He saw a milestone that indicates the distance covered. The traveler blurted out, “What kind of life is yours? You do not move from this place at all. Look at me, I travel the whole world. I go wherever I feel like. There is so much fun and happiness in this.’
The stone spoke in a soft, but firm tone – “My friend! People look at me and get to know the distance traveled. They feel happy that they are closer to their destination. Is not this happiness that I derive from this service anything less?
Why should I roam like you without an objective? You are free to roam around, but I am happy with what I am able to do.’ The traveler was left speechless. He learned his lesson and moved forward.
Moral of The Story: Even a small goal matters in life.
15. Top Story on How To Deal With Problems
“People visit a wise man complaining about the same problems over and over again. One day, he decided to tell them a joke and they all roared with laughter. After a few minutes, he told them the same joke and only a few of them smiled.
Then he told the same joke for the third time, but no one laughed or smiled anymore. The wise man smiled and said: ‘You can’t laugh at the same joke over and over. So why are you always crying about the same problem?’”
Moral of The Story: Stop wasting your time complaining.