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10 Easy to Read Short Stories on Morals

10 Easy to Read Short Stories on Morals

10 Easy to Read Short Stories on Morals

A Bad Temper

A Carrot, An Egg and The Coffee-Beans

A Rich Man and His Son

Always Follow Your Heart

An Old Man and A Phone

An Apple Tree and Our Parents

An Angry Snake

Be Grateful

Be Different

Black Spots


A Bad Temper

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day, the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the 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. He said, “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

A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Therefore hold back your tongue and think twice before you say anything hurtful as you will not be able to take that back.

A Carrot, An Egg and The Coffee-Beans

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that, as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me, what do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” the young woman replied.

The mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft.

She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity – boiling water – but each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened!

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” the mother asked her daughter.

“When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Think of this. Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong but, with pain and adversity, do I wilt, become soft and lost my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit but, after a death, a breakup or a financial hardship, does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain.

When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

Moral of the Story

When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?


A Rich Man and His Son

A rich man’s son was graduating college.

For months, the son was asking his father for a new car, knowing that his father had more than enough money.

When graduation day came, the young man’s father called him into the study. The father handed him a wrapped gift and congratulated him about his graduation and his achievement.

Looking disappointed, the son opened the gift to find a lovely, leather bound journal, with the young man’s name embossed on the cover. He angrily raised his voice, threw down the journal and stormed out.

The young man had not seen his father since graduation day. He became successful and was wealthy like his father, with a beautiful home and family. He came to realize his father was aging and it may be time to put the past behind them.

Just then, he received a message that his father had passed, and he had to return home to take care of the estate.

As the mourning son regretfully returned home, he began searching through his father’s important papers and saw that still new journal, just as he had left it.

He opened it, and as he flipped through the pages a car key dropped from the back of the journal.

A dealer tag was attached to the key that read “Paid in full. Wherever this car takes you, write about it to remember it forever. Love, Dad”

Moral of the Story

No matter what you expect, be grateful for what you are given. It may be more of a blessing than you think.


Always Follow Your Heart

As a child, Monty Roberts was the son of a horse trainer and moved from stable to stable, from ranch to ranch, training horses. The boy’s schooling was constantly interrupted. One day, when he was a senior, his teacher asked him to write about what he wanted to be when he grew up. He did not hesitate and wrote a seven page paper about his aim to be an owner of a horse ranch. It was a detailed paper with the location of buildings, stables and even a house plan. Two days later he received his paper back with an F on the front page.

After class he asked his teacher why he received such a low score.

The teacher told him, “This dream is unrealistic for a boy like you, who has no money, no resources and who comes from an itinerant family. There is no possibility that you will reach this goal.”

Then the teacher offered him the opportunity to rewrite the paper with a more realistic attitude.

The boy went home and asked his father how he should respond.

His father told him, “This is a very important decision, so you must come to your own conclusion.”

After several days, the boy brought the same paper to his teacher. No changes were made.

He told his his teacher, “Keep the F and I will keep my dream.”

Monty Roberts went on to own a 4000 square foot house in the middle of 200 acre horse ranch. He framed the paper he wrote and hung it over his fireplace.

Moral of the Story

Always remember to follow your heart and never listen to those who do not believe in your ability to achieve your dreams.


An Old Man and A Phone

An old man took his phone to a repair shop.

The repairer told that old man that nothing is wrong with this phone.

Old man with tears in his eyes said that ‘Then why don’t my children ever call me?’

Moral of the Story

It’s a really short story, yet it’s so heart-wrenching that I just had to share it. Please give your loved ones a call today, do not take them for granted.


An Apple Tree and Our Parents

Once upon a time there was a huge apple tree. A little boy used to come to play near the tree. He would search for juicy apples. He would play alongside the tree and rest under the shade. The tree was overjoyed after meeting this little bundle of joy. One day, the tree was surprised to see that boy approaching it with a sad face.

“Come on little boy! Play with me,” the Tree asked the boy.

“I am no longer a kid to play around tree like you,” the boy scowled at the tree. “I need toys. I need money to buy toys of various designs and sizes,” the boy told the tree.

“Sorry my dear boy! I do not have money to give you. But you can pick all my apples and sell them. That will give you adequate money to buy toys of your choices,” replied the tree in soothing voice.

The boy grabbed all the apples and left happily. He sold the apples and got money. He bought toys of his choices.

Spring bid adieu and autumn came by but there was no sign of the boy.

One morning, the tree saw its friend. That little boy had grown up into a big man.

“Come and play with me” the tree said.

“I cannot play. I have family now. We need a house for shelters. Can you help me?” the man replied.

“Sorry! I do not have any house. But you can chop off my branches to build your house,” the tree told the man.

The man cut all the branches of the tree and left happily. The tree was glad to see his friend smiling again.

The man returned one evening to the apple tree.

“Come and play with me,” the tree asked the man.

“I am getting old. I want to go sailing to relax myself. Can you give me a boat,” the man asked the apple tree.

“Use my trunk to build your boat,” the tree told the man.

He cut off the trunk and made a boat out of it.

He went sailing and never showed up for a long time.

The man returned after many years.

“Sorry my boy! But now I do not have anything to offer to you. I have nothing for you anymore. No more apples….No more branches…no more trunks for you to climb on’” the tree said with a pain in its voice.

“No problem….I too do not have any teeth to bite and I am too old to climb trees,” the man replied.

“I just need a place to rest after all these days,” the man replied.

“Old tree roots are the best place to lean on. Come on and sit down with me and rest,” the apple tree replied with a concern in its voice.

The old man sat down. The apple tree was glad and smiled with tears.

Moral of the Story

This is the story of every person. The tree is like our parents. When we were young, we could not have imagined our life without them. But as we grow up, we leave them. No matter what, parents will always be there and give us everything to make us happy.


An Angry Snake

A carpenter went home after shutting down his workshop for the day. When he was gone, a poisonous snake entered his workshop.

The snake was hungry and hoped to find its supper lurking somewhere within. It slithered from one end to another. Finally it bumped into an axe and got slightly injured.

In anger and revenge, the snake bit the axe with full force. But what could a snake’s bite do to the metallic axe? Instead the snake’s mouth started bleeding. 

Out of fury and arrogance, the snake tried its best to strangle and kill the metallic axe by wrapping itself around the axe.

On the next day the carpenter opened the workshop. He found the dead snake wrapped around the blades of the axe.

The snake did not die because of someone’s fault. But it faced these consequences merely because of its own anger and wrath.

Moral of the Story

Sometimes when angry, we try to cause harm to others. But as time passes by, we will realise that we caused more harm to ourselves. It is not necessary that we react to everything. Step back and ask ourselves if the matter is really worth responding to. 


Be Grateful

A rich landowner named Carl often rode around his vast estate so he could congratulate himself on his great wealth. One day while riding around his estate on his favorite horse, he saw Hans, an old tenant farmer. Hans was sitting under a tree when Carl rode by.

Hans said, ‘I was just thanking God for my food.’

Carl protested, ‘If that is all I had to eat, I wouldn’t feel like giving thanks.’

Hans replied, ‘God has given me everything I need and I am thankful for it.’

The old farmer added, ‘It is strange you should come by today because I had a dream last night. In my dream a voice told me….The richest man in the valley will die tonight.’ I don’t know what it means, but I thought I ought to tell you.’

Carl snorted, ‘Dreams are nonsense,’ and galloped away, but he could not forget Hans’ words…The richest man in the valley will die tonight.

He was obviously the richest man in the valley, so he invited his doctor to his house that evening. Carl told the doctor what Hans had said. After a thorough examination, the doctor told the wealthy landowner, ‘Carl, you are as strong and healthy as a horse. There is no way you are going to die tonight.’

Nevertheless, for assurance, the doctor stayed with Carl, and they played cards through the night. The doctor left the next morning and Carl apologized for becoming so upset over the old man’s dream.

At about nine o’clock, a messenger arrived at Carl’s door.

‘What is it?’ Carl demanded.

The messenger explained, ‘It’s about old Hans. He died last night in his sleep.’

Moral of the Story

You don’t need money to be rich, be grateful for what you have in life and you will feel happier.


Be Different

One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else.

For research purpose, scientists placed 5 monkeys in a cage, with a ladder in the middle and bananas on the top. Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientist soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water.

After a while, whenever a monkey attempted to climb the ladder, others would beat him up. After some time, no monkey dared go up the ladder regardless of the temptation. Scientists then decided to replace one of the monkeys.

As expected, the new monkey instantly fell for the temptation and was beaten up by the rest. After several beatings, this new member learnt not to climb up the ladder even though he never learnt the real reason. Then, a second monkey was brought in and the same thing happened. The first monkey participated in the beating of the second monkey.

The replacements continued, until only a group of 5 monkeys were left in the cage. Even though the new group of monkeys never received a cold shower, they continued to beat up any monkey that attempted to climb the ladder. If you asked any of the new monkeys why the beatings took place, the answer would probably be, “Well, how do I know. I guess that’s how things are done around here!”

You will never influence the world if you continue doing things the way they have always been done. Be different. Create chaos. Leave an echo behind!


Black Spots

One day a professor entered a classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They waited anxiously at their desks for the test to begin. The professor handed out the test with the text facing down as usual.

Once he handed them all out, he asked his students to turn the page and begin. To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions…just a black dot in the center of the page. The professor seeing the expression on everyone’s faces, told them the following.

“I want you to write what you see there.”

The students confused and began to write out their answers.

At the end of the class, the professor took all the answers and started reading each one of them aloud in front of all the students. All of them with no exceptions described the black dot, trying to explain its position in the middle of the sheet, etc. etc. etc.

After all had been read, the classroom silent, the professor began to explain. “I am not going to grade on you this. I just wanted to give you something to think about.

No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot and the same happens in our lives. We have a white paper to observe and enjoy. But we always focus on the dark spots.

Our life is a gift given to us with love and care and we always have reasons to celebrate – nature renewing itself everyday, our friends around us, the job that provides our livelihood, the miracles we see everyday.

However we insist on focusing only on the dark spots – the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationship with a family member, the disappointment with a friend, etc…

The dark spots are very small compared to everything we have in our lives. But they are the ones that pollute our minds. Take your eyes away from the black spots in your life. Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you.


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