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Child Rewarded With Ice Cream

Do You Punish or Do You Reward?

A four-year-old was sulking under the table. He had been refused a second helping of ice-cream. His mother ordered him out, but the boy wouldn’t budge. She fried coaxing, but nothing doing. When finally she promised him the ice-cream, he trotted out triumphantly and they both went out to get his reward from the fridge. […]

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Reflections and motivational stories - Hope and Perseverance

Hope and Perseverance

Many years ago, there lived a very old man in North China. His house faced South and right in front of his door stood the two gigantic peaks of Taihung and Wangwu. They blocked his way to the south. So, he sat down with his sons and made a solemn promise and then got out […]

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Reflections on Possessions, is there a guaranteed way to happiness and heaven

Is There a Guaranteed Way to Happiness and Heaven?

Reflections on Material Possessions A hermit was sitting in front of his tiny hut and gazing across the expanse of the prairie around him. A young man approached and asked him, “Is there some guaranteed way to happiness and heaven?” “Oh yes,” replied the holy man. “But it is only for athletes.” “Great!” said the […]

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Reflections on Relaxation

Reflections on Relaxation

They say that St. John the Apostle liked to play with his pet sparrow from time to time. One day a hunter came to visit him and was surprised to see such a famous man playing.  He surely could use that time doing something good and important. So he asked the saint “Why do you […]

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Story of the Shoemaker

The Wealthy Man and the Shoemaker

Sometimes we do wish or pray that we win the lottery or get rich with lots of money. Our shoemaker on this story got that wish unexpectedly, but he was not happy. Check it out.. There was once a poor shoemaker who was always in a good mood.  He was so happy that he sang […]

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Pick Only Once Choice

Pick Only One Choice, please

There was a donkey, a turtle and a fruit-fly which lives only one day. “If I had more time”, complained the fruit-fly, “then everything would be easier.  Can the two of you imagine what it means to have only twenty-four hours in which to do everything? To be born, to grow up, to get some […]

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Too Good To Be True

Too Good to be True?

Not all good offers has a catch.  To grab a chance, sometimes you just have to step ahead with a leap of faith. This simple story tells about it.  Read on.. A wealthy businessman in a mid-western town had signs printed and placed all over the town. They stated that if any man in the […]

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Tennis Lessons on Life

Tennis Tips – On Life

It takes two to play tennis, and life, like tennis, is never a one-man game.  Find yourself a partner and do not fight life’s battles alone. Remember, life is not about winning but about how you play the game. Do not score your life by the years but by the fellowship and friends you have […]

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The Cross - reflections

The Cross Shop

Are you wondering that you deserved a better life than what you currently have? Maybe this story will give you a new perspective to that. Read on… The story is told of a man who complained long and loud to the Lord that the cross he had to carry was too heavy. “Come with me,” […]

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Helen Keller - Dealing with Challenges and Adversities

Dealing With Challenges and Adversities

What are the odds of someone doing extraordinary things if that person lost their sight, hearing and speech at nineteen months of age? Helen Keller overcame enormous disadvantages to influence the world. Although her teacher and mentor, Anne Sullivan, achieved great results with her, ultimately, Keller’s success was up to Keller. How many of you […]

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Just Keep "PUSH"-ing

Just Keep Pushing

A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with […]

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Creating Opportunity

I do a lot of management training each year for the Circle K Corporation, a national chain of convenience stores. Among the topics we address in our seminars is the retention of quality employees – a real challenge to managers when you consider the pay scale in the service industry. During these discussions, I ask […]

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Don’t Quit

When things go wrong as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit… By all means pray, and don’t you quit. Success is failure […]

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The Two Farmers Story - Inspirational Reflection

Brotherly Love

Pure Intentions Can Never Go Wrong Two brothers worked together on a family farm. One was unmarried and the other married with children. They shared what they grew equally as they always did, produce and profit. But one day, the single brother said to himself, “You know, it’s not right that we should share the […]

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The Lizard Story -stories for reflection

The Lizard Story

A Simple Strategy on How A Simple Gesture Of Friendship Can Win an Enemy A student with great interest in an enthusiasm for the Third World went to India and soon suffered a culture shock. Suddenly, everything annoyed him: the climate, the food, the living conditions, the strange mysterious faces around him. But what really […]

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Canadian Geese in V Formation

How Canadian Geese Stand By Each Other

The Canadian Goose Story – An Inspiring Reflection on How Mere Creatures Display Their Loyalty and Brotherhood Ever wonder why Canadian Geese fly in V formation?  Read on… Next autumn, when you see a group of geese heading south for the winter, flying along in V formation –  you might consider what science has discovered […]

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Father and Son

Priorities

A child arrived the other day… He came to the world in the usual way. But there were planes to catch and bills to pay… He learned to walk while I was away. And he was talking before I knew it. And as he grew, he’d say, “I’m gonna be like you…” My son turned […]

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Trust

As he lay on his hospital deathbed in Melbourne, an Australian Marist Brother told his gathered friends and relatives the story of his spirituality. It came from a personal experience he had a few years ago, when he met the “Flying Rodleighs” after a circus performance in Freiburgh, Germany. He told them: “One day I […]

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short reflections

Who Got Carried Away?

Two monks were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was falling. Coming around the bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection. “Come on, girl,” said the first monk. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud. The second […]

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Reflections on Compassion

The Monk and the Scorpion

Reflections on Compassion Two monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning. One monk immediately scooped it up and set it upon the bank. In the process he was stung. He went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in. The monk saved the […]

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Leap of Faith

Faith Without Works

Reflections on Taking the Action Smitty was hard-headed, to put it mildly.  When a flood hit the area, he climbed to his roof.  A rescue boat came by but Smitty called back to their offer of help: “No, thanks. I have faith in the Lord.  He will save me. The waves came higher and Smitty […]

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