Inspirational Stories Toasts

The Fox and the Crane – An Instructive Story About Friends

The Fox and the Crane became friends. After a while, the Fox invited the Crane over for dinner. The Crane accepted the invitation and went to the Fox’s house. The Fox had some soup  prepared and served it on a flat plate. The Crane tried peck-peck-pecking on the plate, but couldn’t get anything in his […]

Mutual Help – An Inspirational Story About Compassion

A believer once went to the Prophet and asked to see heaven and hell. The Prophet took his hand and led him to a palace. When they entered one room, he saw multitudes of people. In the middle of the room, there was a long table with a pot full of soup, spreading a pleasant […]


An Inspirational Prose Poem About Happiness   by Max Ehrmann   Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull […]

The Gift of the Magi

Inspiring Story About Love… and Gifts   After O. Henry   I. The Couple Delia and James were a poor twenty-something couple living in a modest apartment. They owned almost nothing and took pride in merely two of their few belongings: Delia’s beautiful brown hair and Jim’s prized gold watch, given to him as a […]

In the Blink of an Eye

An Inspiring Story About Having Nothing to Lose   During the feudal Civil Wars of the nineteenth century, an army took over the control of a small and peaceful Japanese village. All of its inhabitants ran away – all, except an aged Zen master. The general of the conquering army was amazed to hear this […]

The Most Difficult Game of Chess

An Inspirational Story About the Most Important Things in Life   I. The Young Man Without a Purpose… Some time ago, a desperate young man headed towards a distant monastery to find a purpose in life. When he arrived, he explained to an elder monk: “I can find no pleasure in life. I am incapable […]

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The Gates of Heaven

Inspirational Story About Anger and Remorse   Once upon a time, a samurai warrior named Nobushige traveled a long way to visit a wise Zen master in order to finally learn the answer to a question he had struggled with his whole life. “Are there Heaven and Hell?”, he asked immediately. “And may I know […]


There is a story about a man who, as he was passing some elephants, suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from their […]

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The Problems Tree – Inspirational Story About Problems

A contractor that I hired to to do some repair work had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw broke down, and now his old pick-up truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in total silence. On […]

Cracked Pots – Inspirational Story About Being Yourself

A water bearer had two large pots, one hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream […]

The Brick – Moral Story About Time

A successful executive was travelling down a neighbourhood street, going fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. All of a sudden, a brick flew and smashed into the Jaguar’s side door! He slammed on […]

Airplane Tickets – Time Management Story

Here is a time management story about airplane tickets. Consider for a moment the price of an airplane ticket. Each airplane has a limited amount of space. And the goal of the airline is to fill the airplane as much as possible. When an airplane leaves the gate with empty seats, the price of those […]

Creativity Story – Anything is Possible – The Stuck Truck

Here is a “creativity story” that I heard from a friend. It shows the power of creativity and that anything is possible if we take a different perspective.   There was an accident – a big truck got stuck under a bridge in the middle of a road. It was trying to pass through the […]

I’m just a bricklayer – toast about work attitude

There is a story about three bricklayers. Each bricklayer was asked, “What are you doing?” The first replied, “Laying brick.” The second answered, “Making $9.30 an hour.” And the third said, “Me? Why, I’m building the worlds greatest cathedral.”   We become what we think about and having a bigger perspective on our work makes […]

Our Work Is Beauty – a Toast to our efforts

A preacher was driving down a country road when he came upon a beautiful farm. It looked like a beautiful painting. It did not look like a new farm, but the house and buildings were well constructed and in perfect paint. A garden around the house was filled with beautiful flowers. A fine row of […]

Mayonnaise Jar and a Cup of Coffee

Mayonnaise Jar and a Cup of Coffee

A professor stood before his class with a few items on his desk. When the class began, he picked up a large and empty mayonnaise jar and began to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a […]

Two Wolves Inside

A young boy was looking for advice about life and came to his grandfather, an old Cherokee. “Each one of us has two wolves inside us,” he said to the boy. “One is evil – he is always angry at everyone around him and feels envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, and […]

The Fox and The Garden

A fox once passed by a beautiful garden, filled with row after row of delicious fruits and vegetables. The food looked so tempting, the fox wanted to eat it all. But there was a problem. A fence surrounded the garden. The fox went around the entire fence many times, looking for an opening.. Finally, he […]

A Conversation Between A Teacher And Student

Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ? Student : Yes, sir. Professor: So, you believe in GOD ? Student : Absolutely, sir. Professor : Is GOD good ? Student : Sure. Professor: Is GOD all powerful ? Student : Yes. Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD […]

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