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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic

Tommy and Jimmy both 9 years old loved playing the piano since they were very young. They both practiced hard and were getting better and better with each week passing. One day, their teacher had some exciting news. There was a concert coming up and they both had the opportunity to play in public for the first time. Tommy and Jimmy looked wide-eyed at each other with a mix of excitement and trepidation as they realized the opportunity they were presented with. “What would it be like?” they wondered. In the weeks leading up to the performance, they practiced harder and perfected their pieces. Then the big day arrived. As they sat in the audience waiting for their name to be called, they were both extremely anxious thinking “What if I make a mistake in front of all of these people? What if I embarrass myself? What if everyone else is better than me?” Then Tommy’s name was announced. His mother looked at him with anticipation, but Tommy just sank lower and lower in his seat. “Come on Tommy, it’s your turn,” she said encouragingly. But he shook his head and refused to go up. The mother looked up at the stage and shrugged her shoulders at the teacher. The teacher announced that Tommy wouldn’t be playing today. Then the teacher moved to the next name on the list, “Jommy will now play for us.” Jimmy was terrified. “Come on Jimmy, it’s your turn,” his dad said. With a deep sigh, Jimmy slowly made his way up to the piano on the stage. His legs and fingers were shaking. As he was playing he made a few uncharacteristic mistakes. At the end he wanted to jump off the stage so quickly he almost forgot to bow. But he did it, he played the piano in front of an audience. Tommy and Jimmy kept going to piano lessons and kept practicing hard. They were both improving at about the same rate and the teacher was pleased with their progress.Then after a few months, the teacher made another announcement, that there would be another concert. Again, Tommy and Jimmy looked at each other with fear. When the time to perform came around again, Tommy could not be dislodged from his seat in the audience, on the other hand Jimmy walked up on the stage with slightly more confidence than the first time.










There was once a shop owner who employed many builders to create a greenhouse in his garden. Regularly, they would start work in the morning; and take a break for lunch, and return to resume work until evening. One day, a group of monkeys arrived at the site of the building and watched the workers leaving for their lunch. One of the carpenters was sawing a huge log of wood. Since, it was only half-done; he placed a wedge in between to prevent the log from closing up. He then went off along with the other workers for his lunch.When all the workers were gone, the monkeys came down from the trees and started jumping around the site, and playing with the instruments. There was one monkey, who got curious about the wedge placed between the log. He sat down on the log, and having placed himself in between the half-split log, caught hold of the wedge and started pulling at it. Suddenly, the wedge came out. As a result, the half-split log closed in and the monkey got caught in the gap of the log. As was his destiny, he was severely wounded. All the other monkeys tried to him but they couldn’t get the wedge out. They had to wait the next day for the builder to come, and help take out the wedge. The next Morning the builder arrived on site and saw that all the monkeys were in a panic. He rushed over and helped get the Monkey free. Luckily the monkey was not injured. But the monkeys were able to learn and important lesson from this. Not to mess during any construction.




A son and his father were walking in the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” Curious, he yells: “Who are you?” He receives the answer: “Who are you?” Now angered at the response, he screams: “C’mon ” He receives the answer: “C’mon” So the boy, confused, looks to his father and asks: “What’s going on?”The father smiles and says: “My son, pay attention.” And then he screams to the mountain: “I admire you!” The voice answers: “I admire you!” Again the man screams: “You are a champion!” The voice answers: “You are a champion!” The boy is surprised, but does not understand. Then the father explains: “People call this and echo, but really this is life. It gives you back everything you say or do. Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence. This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life. Life will give you back everything you have given to it. At the end of the day, you life is not a coincidence, it is a reflection of you.  







There was once a very frugal man who was always looking for ways to cut costs. One day he noticed that his hired hand was feeding the donkey more than he really needed. He called the hand and told him, “We’re wasting money feeding this animal more food than it needs. If we keep this up, the donkey will grow fat, it’s productivity will go down, and we’ll lose even more money! I’m going to take over the feeding of the donkey for a while and train it properly. I will reduce the donkey’s food supply a little each day and wean him off this excessive diet.”

So the man took over the chore of feeding the donkey and did as he said he would do, cutting back the donkey’s food supply just a little each day. He thought he was being clever now.  This went on for a couple of months until, finally, one day the donkey died. The man said to his hand, “It’s such a shame. If that donkey hadn’t suddenly died, I think I could have trained him to eat nothing at all!”











One day two friends Gerry and Peter were walking down a sidewalk in San Antonio, Texas during lunch time. People were busy along the sidewalks, car honks and hurried engine noises filled the streets. In the middle of all this traffic, Andrew stopped and said, “hey, a cricket! ”What?” said Gerry.“Yeah, a cricket,” Andrew answered. “Look here,” and he pulled aside some of the bushes that separated the sidewalk from the government buildings. There in the shade was a cricket chirping away.“Wow,” said Gerry, “How did you hear that with all this noise and traffic?”“It was the way I was raised … what I was taught to listen for. Here, I’ll show you something.” said Andrew as he reached into his pocket and pulled out a handful of coins … nickels, quarters, dimes … and dropped them on the sidewalk. Everyone who was rushing by stopped to… “listen.”

Although Gerry never thought of it like Andrew had just shown him, he finally realized that as humans, we stopped enjoying the little things and only focus on things that could benefit us in some way. What a shame he thought.








One day a young apprentice and his mentor were on one of their regular walks going through the young apprentices teachings when they came across a pond. At the time, they were discussing the young apprentices wish to make a bigger impact with his work, when suddenly the mentor bent down and picked up a small pebble. He threw it into the water and they both watched the ripples spread. Watching the pebble hit the lake and the ripples spread the young apprentice said to his mentor, “I want to do something that spreads influences like that to a lot of people. I want to make a difference, you know a big splash. “The wise mentor responded with a smile and said, “You’ll need something bigger than that pebble if you really want to make a splash.” So the apprentice looked around, picked up a rock and threw it into the pond and with an even bigger smile asked on his face asked his mentor “Big enough for you?” The mentor said nothing and started to undress himself. The apprentice watched his mentor in confusion as the old man was taking of his sandals, shirt, and stripping down to just his underwear. “What’s the crazy old guy doing now?” he wondered to himself. The mentor backed up a bit from the pond and started running towards it launching himself into the water, making an enormous splash. “Wow, that’s cold!” he said as he looked up at the apprentice. “What the heck are you doing?” asked the young apprentice. The mentor calmly explained. “You want to make a splash?  You’ve got to throw yourself whole into your work. There is no room for compromise.”




An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his time with their extended family. He had it all planed out. Of course he would miss the paycheck, but they could get by and he felt like he needed to retire.

The contractor was sorry to hear that one of his best workers wanted to retire but in the end he understood him. Before the carpenter would retire the contractor asked him for a personal favor. He asked the carpenter if he could build just one more house. The carpenter agreed, but it was clear he was not to happy about the final job and it was easy to see that his heart and head were not in his work. From the very start the carpenter resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. For a master craftsman like him it was an unfortunate way to end his career, but that was his decision.

When the carpenter finished his work and the contractor came to inspect the house he asked the carpenter if he is satisfied with the work he has done on this project. The carpenter of course said yes as he wanted to be done with it all. The contractor looked in the carpenters eyes and handed the front-door key to him. “This is your house,” he said, “it’s my gift to you for all the years we worked together.”

And so the carpenters reward was as good as the work he had done.





A contractor that was just hired had a rough first day on the job. When going to work that day, a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, then his electric saw broke down in the middle of his work, and to top it all, his old pick-up truck refused to start after a long day.

Luckly his boss was there and he offered the contractor a ride home. While his boss drove him home the contractor sat in total silence. As the two arrived at the contractors home, the contractor invited his boss in to meet his family.

As they walked toward the front door, the contractor paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. After a minute or two they went in to the house. And to the bosses amazement after opening the door, the contractor underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. The whole time they were there the boss was fascinated how the contractor became a different man. So after dinner the contractor escorted his boss to his car. And while they passed the tree in front of the house the curiosity got the best of the contractors boss and he asked him about the transformation.

The contractor answered “Oh, that’s my problems tree. I know I can’t help having problems on the job, but one thing for sure, problems don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning, I pick them up again. Funny thing is,” the contractor smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”


Once there were four Indian medicine men who were considered to be the most clever and knowledgeable across all the prairies and forests. They learned nearly everything about nearly anything and were often asked for advice and to find solutions for the most difficult problems. One day, a young Indian boy asked which of the four was the wisest because of course there must be one more wise than the others. This caused much arguing and debating among the people. To find out once and for all, one of the elders of the nation was given the task of devising a test to settle the matter. After much consideration, the perfect test was put before them. The four medicine men were told to walk into the woods. Their test would be found at the base of a single cedar tree in a broad clearing. They started out early the next morning and, after walking many miles, came to the tree in the clearing. At the base of the tree was a large pile of bleached bones of an animal. The four were puzzled over the bones for some time before the first man spoke. “I will use my knowledge to put these bones back together. That will prove my wisdom.” After some time, the bones stood up and interlocking.The men examined the project and the second man said, “Ah! I know where these bones came from. I can put flesh and fur back on them and restore the animal’s beauty.” The second man began his work, and in awhile a fierce-looking grizzly bear stood before them. The four men marveled at the animal’s beauty, but the two began to bicker about which one’s work was best. Just then, the third man spoke up. “I believe I can bring the bear back the life. Then I will be the greatest of all. “The fourth man had been quiet until now. “Wait! I don’t think our test was to see if we could bring the animal back to life.” He pleaded, but the others would not listen. When he realized he was being ignored, he quietly climbed to the top of the cedar tree and watched. The third man got busy and soon had breathed life into the grizzly bear using his great talents. The bear stretched and roared. Then he chased the men growling and clawing at them. He chased them all the way back to their village where they were finally rescued by the village’s mighty hunters. Later, the fourth wise man walked back to the village. Everyone had taken him for dead, the others were so busy arguing that they did not see him climb the tree. It was then that everyone realized that he was indeed the wisest of all. 










Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons. They were peregrine falcons, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained. Months passed, and one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived. The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly. He presented the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch. Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, “May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem.” So he cried out to his court, “Go and get a farmer. “In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, “Bring me the doer of this miracle. “The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, “How did you make the falcon fly? “With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, “It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting.”


A father tells his 12-year-old son to go into the back yard and a remove a tree stump. The boy, eager to show his dad how he can master this manly task, runs out and begins pushing on the stump with all his might. After about twenty minutes of huffing and puffing, the stump hasn’t budged. The boy turns to realize his dad has been outside watching him this whole time. Embarrassed, he tells him, “I’m sorry Dad, I can’t do it. His Dad just smiles and says, “Son, give it everything you’ve got! ”Now the boy, more determined than ever, kicks, pulls, takes running starts, and pushes and pushes and pushes until his arms are limp. Collapsing with exhaustion, the boy tells his father, between heavy breaths, “I can’t do it.” His father looks at him and says, “Give it everything you’ve got!”The boy picks himself up and decides to give it one last try but after 30 more minutes of grueling, the stump is no looser than when he started. Now he is entirely spent. He sits on the stump and looks up at his dad.” I’m sorry Dad. I gave it everything. I really did. It just wasn’t enough.”The father looks at the son, smiles and says, “You didn’t give it everything you have, son. Because you never once asked me for help.”


A very rich man was nearing the end of his life and he began to contemplate the life to come. He was very troubled that he would soon lose everything he had worked so hard for. All his wealth would soon belong to others and he would enter into the next world poor. It didn’t seem fair to him so he prayed day and night that he would be allowed to take all that he had amassed with him when the day comes his journey on this world ends. One night an angel appeared to him.“O human,” said the Angel, “All men come into this world empty handed and empty handed they must go to the next…”The man pleaded, “I have worked so hard for what I have and I have no family to leave it to… Can there be no exception made?”The angel thought for a second. “This is highly irregular but I will see what I can do…”Suddenly the Angel disappeared then just as suddenly, he reappeared and said, “A special exception has been made. You may bring with you what you can pack into one suitcase.”After the Angel had again left, the man went and found his largest suitcase and packed it full with gold bars and laid it by his bed for the day of his death.Sure enough the fateful day came and the man died. The man grabbed his suitcase just as his soul was leaving his body and took it with him. There at the gates of heaven, the man dragged the impossibly heavy suitcase all through the winding line to meet Andrew. When it was finally the man’s turn, Andrew looked at him and then down at his suitcase and said, “you know you can’t bring that in, right? “The man confidently replied that he had been given assurances by an Angel that he would be allowed to bring one suitcase with him. Andrew excused himself, and went back behind the pearly gates to conference with one of the Angels. When he returned Andrew apologized.“It seems a special exception has been made in your case. I was, however asked to inspect the contents of your suitcase before letting you through.”The man happily obliged and Andrew unlatched the suitcase. As he surveyed the contents of the suitcase there was a look of pure confusion on his face. He shouted back to the Angels behind him:“All this fuss over a suitcase full of pavement?”


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 proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the farmer’s debt if he could marry his daughter.

Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. 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 pick one pebble from the bag.

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. But 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. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick a pebble from the bag.

The girl put her hand into the money bag 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.”

But the moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty. The girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one. She and her father after that day lived happily ever after.


The world is filled with darkness. The essence of every human being has a spark of darkness within them that slowly swallows them whole. Ravi was a young boy at the time, a time filled with innocence and ignorance. He was born into a poor family in India, where his parents slogged tirelessly to provide an education for him. He attended school and understood the power of education at a young age. He has seen the effects of it. The cars, lamp posts, anything his eyes laid eyes on was a figment created by an academic, but on the top of it all was the corporations that ran society. He too wanted to become like them because no one could oppose him. Graduating from IIT, he soon started a pharmaceutical company that helped people with orphan diseases. Decisions rose on whether it was profitable to help orphan disease due to their small profit ratio to research costs. Knowing that the only possible way for his treatment to be profitable was to spread the disease, he sold hospitals across the country syringes infected with a gene mutation that mutated when inserted into newborns. This mutation would form into the orphan disease occurring without a hereditary history of diseases needed. Soon widespread fear was inserted into every parent in the country. The darkness has spread. The darkness played with the fears of parents by playing with the lives of children. The darkness spread and consumed Ravi as his immoral ways fueled his greed for wealth And so on, the darkness spreads. Corporations utilize the fears of others to prosper themselves. This is the darkness that has consumed the world.


Anna was a 9-year-old girl from a small village where she had just finished attending 4th grade of elementary school. To get into the 5th grade and onwards, she needed to get an admission into a school in a city nearby. When she got accepted to a very reputable school in a nearby city she was very exited and thrilled. This is where our story begins.

Today was the first day of school for our little Anna, and she was very excited. When Anna came to her class everybody saw from her simple clothing that she was from a small village and started making fun of her. But Anna did not take much notice and very soon the teacher arrived and asked everyone to keep quiet.  She introduced Anna to the class and told everyone that she will be studying with them from this day on.

Then the teacher announced a surprise test. She told everyone to write down the 7 wonders of the world. Everyone started writing the answer quickly while Anna wrote her answer slowly. When everyone except Anna had submitted their papers, the teacher came and asked Anna, “What happened Dear? Don’t worry, just write what you know as other students have learned about it just a couple of days back.”

Anna replied, “I was thinking that there are so many things that I don’t know which seven should I pick!” Then she wrote down her answer and handed her paper to the teacher.  The teacher started reading everyone’s answers and the majority had answered correctly – The Great Wall of China, Colosseum, Stonehenge,  Great Pyramid of Giza, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tajmahal, Hanging Gardens of Babylon etc. The teacher was very happy that her students had remembered what she had taught them.  At last the teacher picked up Anna’s paper and started reading.


This is a story about a small ant which every day arrived at work early and started working immediately. She produced a lot and she was happy. The boss, a lion, was surprised to see that the ant was working without supervision. He thought if the ant can produce so much without supervision, wouldn’t she produce more if she had a supervisor!

So the lion recruited a cockroach who had extensive experience as a supervisor and who was famous for writing excellent reports. The cockroach’s first decision was to set up a clocking in attendance system. He also needed a secretary to help him write and type his reports. He recruited a spider who managed the archives and monitored all phone calls.

The Lion was delighted with the cockroach’s report and asked him to produce graphs to describe production rates and analyze trends so that he could use them for presentations at board meetings. So the cockroach had to buy a new computer and a laser printer and recruit a fly to manage the IT department. The Ant , who had been once so productive and relaxed, hated this new plethora of paperwork and meetings which used up most of her time.

The lion came to the conclusion that it was high time to nominate a person in charge of the department where the ant worked. The position was given to the Cicada whose first decision was to buy a carpet and an ergonomic chair for his office.The new person in charge, the cicada, also needed a computer and a personal assistant, whom he had brought from his previous department to help him prepare a work and budget control strategic optimization plan.

The department where the ant works is now a sad place, where nobody laughs anymore and everybody has become upset. It was at that time the cicada convinced the boss, the Lion, to start a climatic study of the office environment. Having reviewed the charges of running the ant’s department, the lion found out that the production was much less than before so he recruited the Owl, a prestigious and renowned consultant to carry out an audit and suggest solutions. The Owl spent 3 months in the department and came out with an enormous report, in several volumes, that concluded that ” The Department is overstaffed.”


Submitted: December 24, 2017

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