Every week we try and bring you a motivational and inspirational short moral story. These are from real life lessons that have either inspired or motivated us in some way during our week.
Most of our stories have been loving handcrafted by ourselves into short moral stories that we hope inspire as well as teach a valuable moral lesson in life. A few of our stories are famous fables or old classics and where the original author is known a credit is always given.
This Weeks Inspirational Short Story
The Wise Mouse and Bouncy Tiger
On a dusty windy road in the middle of the countryside a wise mouse is walking. He carries everything he needs on his back and is happy and content. With each small step he breaths in really experiencing his surroundings, the fresh air and the beautiful rolling countryside.
Suddenly out of seemingly nowhere a bouncy tiger comes racing along the track. The tiger skids to a halt in a rather dramatic fashion and introduces himself to the mouse.
“Hello little mouse, I am Tony the bouncy tiger, do you want to race me?”
“Hello Tony tiger, I am Micheal mouse” replied our wise little mouse “I’m not in a rush Tony and have no need of a race, sorry”
“Oh come on” replies Tony bouncing up and down as he does so “it will be awesome”
“Sorry Tony, rushing around everywhere isn’t my thing, I like to breath in my surroundings and become present in the moment, I’m afraid running around we miss so much”
“Ohhhhhh please” replies Tony even more animated and bouncy
Our wise mouse has a little think to himself and decides the only way is to entertain the bouncy tiger’s idea of a race. And finally agrees.
Tony gets even more excited at the news and is uncontrollably bouncing around on the start line.
“So where do we race too” asks the little wise mouse
“Let’s race to the beautiful old tree, a few miles away” replies Tony “last one there smells like rotten cabbage”
The countdown begins
“3…..2…..1….. Go” shouts the mouse
The Tiger set off like a jet airplane leaving a cloud of dust as he goes, before long he is way out of sight and over the hill leaving our mouse far behind.
Back at the start line the dust finally settles and our little wise mouse picks up his rucksack and slowly sets off along the dirt road. Before long our mouse is happily enjoying the moment once again. Breathing in he becomes present, happy and content.
Far far ahead Tony the bouncy tiger is beginning to feel tired, the beautiful old tree is a lot further than he first thought. However he soon finds himself standing next to the old tree and feeling very triumphant indeed. The fast run has taken its effect and our Tiger is feeling sleepy and so decides to take a nap, safely in the knowledge a little mouses legs could never beat a tiger.
Meanwhile at the back of the race our little wise mouse is quietly enjoying his stroll when he meets a lovely rabbit who has just made a fresh pot of herbal tea. He stays for a while before moving onwards where he then meets a lovely squirrel who shares her lunch. Feeling refreshed and energised our little mouse continues along the dusty road with an open heart, present in the moment. His next encounter is with a travelling band who play him a song as entertainment followed by a badger who teaches him a magic trick.
Finally our little mouse comes to the beautiful old tree where the bouncy tiger is still fast asleep.
After gently awakening the tiger the little mouse recounts his day and all about the lovely people he met along his journey. The tiger listened intently and is completely taken aback how many people and how much fun the little mouse has had along the very same road the tiger had come.
“How is it little mouse that I met no one and you had all this fun?” asked the tiger “even though we both took the same path”
“Because tiger your always in such a rush, bouncing around here and there and never really appreciating the moment your in” replied the mouse “You chose to run as fast as you could and to the destination, I chose to enjoy the journey, the fresh air, the countryside and my surroundings I was walking in. This gave me time to meet others and share in there joy and happiness. It isn’t the destination that’s important, yes it may be our final goal, it’s the journey however that’s truly important, it’s this very journey that makes and shapes our very lives it moulds us into who we are”
“Wow little mouse that is profound and it makes total sense to me. I’m going to from now on slow down and smell the roses, I’m going to enjoy the journey more than where I’m trying to get too.”
And together the little wise mouse and the bouncy Tiger slowly walked off together along the dusty road, each enjoying the moment and the journey they were on.
Author: Dhamma Tāpasā
Moral of the Story
We all seem to live more and more hectic and busy lives, rushing from one task to the next never really taking enough time to appreciate and enjoy the simpler aspects of life. If you feel you are living your life like that of our tiger, at a hundred miles an hour and always busy. Then it’s time to stop and smell the roses. It’s time to look out for yourself and reconnect with the joys and delights of simplicity. Remember it’s the not the destination that’s all important in life but the journey it takes for us to get there.
Previous weeks Short motivational stories
Here are some of our previous moral stories just click on the Bold Print Title
This is an original moral tale never before published. Bought to you by Dhamma Tapasa this is a short story on impermanence and living contently.
A simple sweet Short Moral tale demonstrating how our consciousness can be like that of a little grasshopper.
A short moral story, on the consequences of how anger can cause deep emotional scars that may take many years to heal or be covered over.
A short story on the principles of the monkey mind, a Buddhist term used for the untrained mind and it’s wanderings.
The Two Arguing Tigers is a simple and sweet Short Moral story of the heaven and hell that exists within our own minds. Carefully written by wandering Monk Dhamma Tāpasā
A longer Moral Story on how humans perceive the world through our 6 senses, known in Buddhism as the six sense doors.
Dhamma Tāpasā, explains with great clarity the workings of our mind and how inner speech can cause all of life’s problems, creating our anger, anxiety, depression and hatred our inner speech can cause us great torment and much suffering.
Beautifully written short moral tale on the principles of the differences between Knowledge & Wisdom
An original Moral story never before published about stealing and how the polar bears came to be at the North Pole
Moral story on miscommunication and the damage this can cause to others.
Never before published story on meditation and how the little cricket learns about his mind.
A Fantastic story on the most important Thing to be doing. The most Important person. & The most important thing to be done, in life.
A short tale of Dhamma Combat from Zen Buddhism.
A Short inspirational story attributed to Zen Buddhism, a tale of mind over matter.
A lovely tale of a tiger and lion who get into a debate over the wind and The Moon.
A beautiful olden tale from the time of the Buddha. The story of Sonā Theri
A quick short inspirational moral story on the power we hold within our own hands. All of us have a secret power only available to ourselves, learn to identify yours
A simple tale of the prisons we create within our own minds. Never before published.
In Five Chapters, A simple yet beautiful story on how we form our habits in life.
A wonderful tale from the Buddhist Jataka tales
Never before published Moral story on our Fears. Fear can compel us to do some remarkable things but also has the power to cripple our thinking. Learn to change yours
Short tale of some of the most important lessons in life.
This weeks Moral Story is one of ‘ ‘Letting Go’ one of the simplest truths to learn but one of the hardest to master.
This lovely Short Moral story was originally an old Zen tale taught throughout China and Japan, How our obsessions cause us harm
The Wise Old Man & The Precious Stone is a short Moral story on the most valuable gifts in life.
Beautiful story of the deceptions people will play and sometimes it’s deadly consequences