When life has got you in a slump, turn to these motivational short stories. Not only is reading them like getting an internet hug for the soul, but they just may spark an idea or a change in you for the better. Read on and get ready to smile.
1. Everyone Has a Story in Life
A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…
Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed…
“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”
The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man…
“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?” The old man smiled and said…“I did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, he just got his eyes today.”
Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you.
2. Shake off Your Problems
A man’s favorite donkey falls into a deep precipice. He can’t pull it out no matter how hard he tries. He therefore decides to bury it alive.
Soil is poured onto the donkey from above. The donkey feels the load, shakes it off, and steps on it. More soil is poured.
It shakes it off and steps up. The more the load was poured, the higher it rose. By noon, the donkey was grazing in green pastures.
After much shaking off (of problems) And stepping up (learning from them), One will graze in GREEN PASTURES.
3. The Elephant Rope
As a man was passing the elephants, he 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 anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.
He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “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 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.
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; we should never give up the struggle in life.
4. Potatoes, Eggs, and Coffee Beans
Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.
Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.
He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.
After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the boiled eggs out and placed them in a bowl.
He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”
“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.
“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.
“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.
He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.
However, each one reacted differently.
The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.
The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.
However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.
“Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “
Moral:In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.
Which one are you?
5. A Dish of Ice Cream
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
“How much is an ice cream sundae?”
“50 cents,” replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it.
“How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient.
“35 cents,” she said brusquely.
The little boy again counted the coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed.
When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw.
There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were 15 cents – her tip.
How to Introduce Yourself and Impress People
How to Introduce Yourself and Impress People
Have an important job interview? First day of class? About to meet new people at a party or other gathering? Impress other people by making a strong introduction right from the get-go.
Method One of Three:
Introducing Yourself in a Job Interview
Prepare talking points beforehand.Recall past interviews and questions you were asked during them. Expect similar if not the same exact questions to be put to you now. Consider the exact position you’re applying for now and how that may effect the line of questioning. Prepare answers and talking points to address the following topics: 
- How your previous experience (whether it be other jobs, education, or volunteer programs) may have prepared you for this specific job.
- What skills you have in general, but more specifically those that are strongest and those that are most relevant to the job at hand.
- Instances where you’ve solved problems in the past that demonstrate your ability to succeed under stress.
Practice before your interview. Rehearse your talking points. Ask friend or family to role-play with you. Record yourself and play it back to identify any points that aren’t communicated clearly. If you find yourself forgetting key points, write a cheat sheet to study right up to the point you’re called in for your interview.
Introduce yourself immediately. Once the interview begins, frame an introduction that instantly communicates exactly what you want your future employers to know about you right from the get-go. Set yourself apart from other candidates by painting a distinct picture of yourself in just a few words. When asked to “tell us about yourself,” reply with a brief description loaded with relevant, impressive facts. For example: 
- “I graduated fourth in my class, with honors, from Such-and-Such University.”
- “I was a manager at Such-and-Such Company for x-number of years, where I was responsible for a staff of x-amount of people.”
- “I’m a self-motivated freelance writer with credits in these publications . . .”
- “I’m the president of my student body, for which I’ve organized these events and fundraisers . . .”
List your accomplishments. If possible, use examples of work-related feats you’ve pulled off that speak directly to the position you’re applying for. Otherwise, talk about achievements that you’re genuinely proud of from other areas of your life. Share the skills that you excel at, as well as the pride you take in your performance.  For instance: 
- “I’m quick to identify areas that need improvement. At my former job, I implemented a new system for work-flow that increased our output despite a shrinking workforce and increasing workloads.”
- “I’m a great multi-tasker. I went back to school and graduated at the top of my class while working full-time and raising a child as a single parent at the same time.”
- “I take leadership roles very seriously. I’ve been the captain of my sports team for the last two years as well as the president of these school clubs.”
Set your own challenges. Consider the specific position you’re applying for. Tell the interviewer exactly what experience you hope to get out of it beyond a simple paycheck. If you’re truly passionate about the work you’ll be doing, share that passion. Even if you’re not passionate about it, tell them what you aim to achieve for your own personal satisfaction. Let them know why this job is so important to you, like: 
- “I care very deeply about the environment. Being able to participate in this outreach program and educate as many other people as possible about the dangers we face is extremely important to me.”
- “I’m a voracious reader. I’m really excited about working in a bookstore, sharing recommendations with customers and colleagues, and expanding my own horizons.”
- “I believe very strongly in giving back to the community, and although I wouldn’t be saving lives like a doctor or nurse, being able to help this hospital run as efficiently as possible in the kitchen would still be very fulfilling to me.”
Method Two of Three:
Impressing People in a New Workplace
Keep your introduction simple. Introduce yourself by name. If your position within the company is going to be directly related to the person you’re talking to, let them know how. For instance, if the other person is in the shipping department and you’re going to be filling orders and dropping it off with them, go ahead and let them they’ll be seeing a lot of you. However, if you’re going to be their supervisor, leave that unmentioned. Most likely they’ll already know this through other superiors, so avoid coming across as being “superior.”
Listen to others. Keep your grand tales of past success and future plans to yourself at first. Learn as much as you can about your company and fellow staff by allowing other people to fill you in. Ask questions about how things are done and how they think things should be done. Show that you value them as a source of knowledge and guidance based on their experience.
- “How does the average workday/workweek break down here, schedule-wise?”
- “Is there anything I could do to improve communication between our two departments?”
- “Would you find it more helpful if I turn in my signed invoices for the week all at once or one by one as I sign them?”
Ask for help when needed. Don’t bluff your way through situations where you find yourself lost. Show your superiors that you mean to do the best job possible by wanting to know exactly how to do things. Pay your fellow coworkers a compliment by relying on them as trusted guides who can teach you. 
- Be sure to do this even if–or especially if–you’re in a supervisory role in a new setting. Even if you have plenty of experience in your particular field, expect to be unfamiliar with odd details that are unique to this new company. Earn respect from your team by showing respect for their years of service and knowledge.
Admit to your mistakes. If you screw something up, alert people to the fact so it can be remedied as quickly as possible. When you’re debating about the best way to accomplish tasks, offer your opinions, but concede when someone else offers a better plan. Prove to your supervisors and colleagues that you’re worried less about looking good than about getting the job done. 
- Practice this honesty with workers under your supervision as well. Gain their respect by freely admitting that you too are capable of mistakes. If they know you screwed up but hear you deny it, they’ll trust you less.
Shun the spotlight. Show everyone that you’re more concerned with performing your job well than receiving attention for it. Even if you’re largely responsible for a successful project, stand back and share credit with those who assisted you. Build a team spirit while demonstrating that your primary goal is to help the company as opposed to yourself alone.
Be positive. Refrain from speaking ill of others. If someone’s slacking off on their job, speak with them directly about how it’s effecting others and how their performance can be improved. Otherwise, keep your negative opinions about coworkers to yourself. Show by omission that you don’t need to tear other people down in order to build yourself up.
Method Three of Three:
Making a Strong First Impression in Social Settings
Keep your introduction simple.Introduce yourself by name. Unless any further info is needed immediately, leave everything else unmentioned. Remember: unlike a job interview, there’s no rush here to advertise all of your best qualities right up front. Allow the other person to learn about you organically, through a give-and-take conversation. If the situation calls for it, add a relevant fact to further identify yourself when you first meet, like:
- “Hi, I’m ___, the birthday boy’s best friend.”
- “Hi, I’m ___. Your daughter’s in the same class as my son.”
- “Hi, I’m ___. Your brother and I work in the same office.”
Be confident. Impress people by not worrying about whether or not you’re impressing them. Stay true to yourself instead. Of course, we all have different sides to ourselves, so be the “you” that’s most appropriate to the situation. For example: 
- If you’re meeting a new study-partner, keep the focus on your schoolwork and school-life in general.
- If you’re meeting people for the first time after moving to a new area, play up your role as the recent transplant experiencing culture shock.
- If a mutual friend has invited you (as well as a bunch of other friends of theirs who are die-hard fans) to a sports game that you’re unfamiliar with, stay true to your outsider status instead of pretending to be an expert.
Refrain from bragging. Feel free to talk about things in your life that you’re proud of if the conversation turns that way, but keep it in check. Earn the other person’s respect with your actions in the here and now instead of demanding it by talking about all the things you’re achieved in the past. Prove to them that you’re confident of your own self-worth and don’t need other people’s admiration to bolster it. 
- If the conversation turns to your job, tell them where you work and maybe a very general description of what you do, while leaving any fancy job titles unmentioned.
- If they recognize you as an All-State athlete, play down your own accomplishment and credit your team and/or coach for making it at all possible.
- If someone else mentions how you rushed into a burning building last week to save a pet cat, show or feign embarrassment and then switch topics rather than gloat over your own bravery.
Share your anxieties or discomforts. If you find yourself uncomfortable for whatever reason, mention the fact lightly. Show your self-confidence by freely admitting that you’re not perfect. Make the other person more comfortable by showing them that they’re free to do the same. This way you’re more likely to take command of the situation instead of being at its mercy. 
- If you have trouble remembering names (especially if you’re being introduced to many people at once), fess up and apologize that you’ll probably forget them by the end of the night. If they know this, they’re more likely to repeat their names for your benefit later on.
- If you’re uncomfortable at large parties or gatherings, say as much if it’s crimping your style. Let the other person know that your best self is better seen in more intimate settings.
- If you’re on a first date and haven’t dated for a while (or at all), share this with your date. Assure them that any odd behavior on your part is due to a lack of experience, and not a reflection on them personally.
Listen. Build a real conversation between yourselves instead of just talking at each other. When they tell you something, respond directly to their comment. If you have a personal story that’s relevant to what they’ve said, be sure to tell it in a way that clearly shows your story is a response, and not just an opportunity to switch subjects and talk about yourself. Ask follow-up questions when they tell their own stories to show that they have your interest. 
- “I never thought of it that way. I’ll have to watch that movie again with that fan theory in mind.”
- “That sounds like a pretty stressful vacation. Would you go back there again if you had the chance?”
- “The same thing happened to me once, or almost the same thing. Only in my case …”
Think the best about the other person.Ensure that you’ll make a good impression by persuading them that they’ve done the same with you. Don’t undermine your own introduction by judging theirs unfairly. Assume they mean the best, even when they make a faux-pas. Always give people the benefit of the doubt until they give you a very real reason not to.
To introduce yourself and impress people in a social setting, start by saying your name and give them some context, like, “My name is Jill, I think we’re in the same English class.” After you’ve introduced yourself, continue the conversation by asking the other person questions, like “What do you think of that class?” When the person responds, actively listen, and asking follow-up questions to show that you’re interested in what they have to say. For example, if the person talks about what they think of the teacher, say “I agree that our teacher is…” and rephrase what they said back to them!
What Does It Mean When A Guy Calls You Dear In A Text?
Terms of endearment are often… Well, endearing! Right? We tend to love using them and being called them. However, it can be confusing when someone that you are not very well acquainted with uses a term of endearment on you. Especially a guy and especially through a text. Guys are all sorts of confusing, but when they do something like this it can really throw everything out of whack! It can drive you absolutely crazy not knowing what this kind of action means or why he would do it. Why would a man call you dear in a text and what exactly does it mean? Well stop worrying your pretty little head and read carefully! We know why he might be doing this and we can help you to understand it. Keep scrolling to find out all the reasons a guy might be calling you this cute little name in his messaging!
He Likes You As More Than A Friend
Well, the first reason that we could find to explain why a guy would be calling you dear through texting, is that he has feelings for you. This is a very nice term of endearment and is most commonly used by people who have intimate feelings for one another. He might also use other terms of endearment with you. He might call you honey, dear, sweetie, etc. These are definite indicators that he is harboring feelings of more than just friendship with you. He might think that you two are at a more comfortable stage with one another. He might think that calling you dear is a good way of breaking down that friend barrier and heading into a more intimate direction. If you like him then this is a great thing. It means that he finds you very near and dear to you. Hence why he is choosing dear as his term to use on you.
He Is Just An Affectionate Person
He Is Trying To Be Gentle
There may be a time that a guy might be calling you dear because he is trying to soften the blow. Soften the blow on what? Well, that is not something that we would know, but if he delivers some sort of bad news when using it then you might want to consider this as the reason why he is doing it. He might be breaking up with you or telling you that he does not have feelings for you. He might be telling you that something bad has just happened. Or he might be telling you that he has made some sort of mistake. He probably thinks that by calling you dear will ease you better into whatever news that he has for you. It doesn’t always work, but you can’t blame him for trying. It’s better than calling you negative names!
He Knows You Are Hurting
Or he might be calling you dear for another bad reason. He might be doing it because he knows that you are having a tough time. You might be sad or frustrated and he might be trying to make you feel better by being gentle with you. He thinks that calling you dear is a good way to make you feel better. This is definitely not the most common reason, but it does happen. He might just be a nice guy like that. So if you are telling him that you are having a bad day and he responds with a sentence calling you dear, then it might be this reason.
He Is Giving You Some Advice
You might find that a guy would call you dear in a text after he delivers some advice to you. Sometimes people feel the need to use terms of endearment when they are giving out advice to them.
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