Wendell Wind loved to listen to the whispers and howls he made by blowing through the oaks’ branches. Because the oak trees grew on the hilltop, Wendell played his music whenever he wanted. His winds blew more and more. Otis Oak Tree pleaded, “Wendell, could you reduce your wind power? You’re ruining our blooms. Our …View full post
A story about doing things right the first time. Melody the lark thought she was ready for winter, until a crow showed up in the middle of the night… Melody the singing lark lived in a perfect world! Melody lived in Happy Town and was the only bird to call that part of town home. …View full post
The Playful Pup A Story about how helping others lifts your spirits. Donnie Dog thought he lived a fulfilling life, until Bonnie Bulldog nearly lost hers… Donnie Dog and Prant Pup were next-door neighbors. They spent their days playing outdoors and exploring. Often, they chased the AbdusSobur’s cat or cornered squirrels high in the big …View full post
Wendell Wind loved to listen to the whispers and howls he made by blowing through the oaks’ branches. Because the oak trees grew on the hilltop, Wendell played his music whenever he wanted. His winds blew more and more.
Otis Oak Tree pleaded, “Wendell, could you reduce your wind power? You’re ruining our blooms. Our branches are breaking. My oak tree friends are suffering because of your intensity.”
“Ha,” said Wendell. “I can blow as hard as I want whenever I want, just because I can.”
After two months of Wendell’s wrath, Otis met with the trees and squirrels. “Sam, we need help,” Otis said to the Squirrel President.
“You’ve seen the troubles the Wind causes. Will you ask the squirrels to transport our acorns into the valley? We’ll stop growing up here on the hilltop and spread into the valley instead where the Wind won’t reach. We’ll drop plenty of acorns since you squirrels love to hide them for later.”
Sam said, “We’ll start tomorrow. We’ll bury every acorn in the valley. Thanks, Otis!”
Soon, new oak trees sprouted in the valley. The hilltop had not one new oak tree. “Oh, no,” said Wendell Wind. “There are not enough branches left. I can’t play my music!”
“I need new oak trees and fast,” Wendell ordered Otis the next day.
“We’ll grow no more oaks up here,” countered Otis.
“Why not? Simply tell the hilltop trees to drop more acorns. Order the squirrels to hide them up here.”
“No, I won’t,” Otis said defiantly. “We’re moving to the valley.”
“Why?” inquired Wendell.
“Just because we can,” quipped Otis.
Before you exercise power, consider its effects on others. What are your thoughts on this?
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A story about doing things right the first time.
Melody the lark thought she was ready for winter, until a crow showed up in the middle of the night…
Melody the singing lark lived in a perfect world! Melody lived in Happy Town and was the only bird to call that part of town home. This was her territory and she was free to do whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted.
As winter approached, it was time for Melody to hunt for worms so that she wouldn’t have to go hunting in the snow. The worms would be her main source of nutrition for the winter. Any other bird would have hidden the worms they caught to keep them away from the crows. But Melody decided against it. After all, this was her territory – no trespassers allowed!
“Hrmph! Why should I be concerned about those pesky crows,” said Melody to herself as she nonchalantly set the worms on an exposed tree branch. “This is my town, and I simply can’t be bothered to hide my meals. I’m the only person who’s allowed to eat them anyway!”
Upon retiring for the night, Melody fell into a deep sleep right next to her worms. Almost immediately, Crank Crow from a neighboring town flew by and noticed the worms.
“Well, would you look at that!” he said, as he swooped down and grabbed up Melody’s worms. “This is the easiest hunt ever! It’s going to be a great winter!”
Poor Melody woke up just in time to see Crank Crow flying off with her entire stash of winter meals.
Almost in tears, and as the snow came falling down, Melody lamented, “If I had only taken the time to protect my precious worms, I wouldn’t have to be hunting for more now in the snow.”
Regardless of how time-consuming the exercise, spend the time to do it right, so things remain under control when it matters most.
Have you ever done just enough to get by instead of giving all you have to give as regards any area of your life?
Let it out and let’s learn from each other’s experiences. And go ahead and share. 🙂
The Playful Pup
A Story about how helping others lifts your spirits.
Donnie Dog thought he lived a fulfilling life, until
Bonnie Bulldog nearly lost hers…
Donnie Dog and Prant Pup were next-door neighbors. They spent their days playing outdoors and exploring. Often, they chased the AbdusSobur’s cat or cornered squirrels high in the big baobab trees that separated their yards.
One day, Prant Pup said, “I’m tired of doing the same old things. Let’s find something new to do. My mom told me that helping others will make me a happier pup. She said, ‘Your life will mean more. You’ll never know how things can change until you volunteer to aid another.’”
Donnie said, “Well, if I want to be happy, I can just chase my tail or eat more treats. Why go to all the trouble of helping another?”
As they sauntered down the street, Prant and Donnie heard a high-pitched howl coming from Bonnie Bulldog’s house. Prant Pup exclaimed excitedly, “C’mon! Let’s go see if Bonnie needs help!”
Donnie wasn’t sure about helping, but when he saw Prant loping toward the house, he followed.
Luckily, they arrived in time to grab the table leg that had collapsed onto Bonnie using Prant’s sharp teeth and Donnie’s strength. They quickly pulled the table off Bonnie and her pups. “Are you okay?” Prant asked.
“Oh, Donnie and Prant, you saved us! My puppies and I would have been crushed if you two hadn’t shown up. How will I ever thank you?” Bonnie said, shaking all over as she licked her puppies lovingly.
“I’m so happy we were nearby,” said Donnie, feeling he could conquer anything.
Donnie and Prant looked at each other, realizing they’d done something that really mattered. They felt great joy and confidence as they trotted back home to play.
Help others and your spirits will soar.
How do you feel after you extend a helping hand to others?
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A story about the benefits of an open mind.
Meem Marsh Wren argued against new ideas until his friends found great success by embracing a satisfying new adventure while he just went hungry…
Bonnie and Benny, Blue Herons, liked to explore new things and places. They recently heard about how cattail plants were growing in Mellow Marsh. They decided to invite their friends, Molly and Meem—both Marsh Wrens—to accompany them to the Marsh.
Molly squealed, “I’d love to go, especially when cattails are in bloom!”
Meem looked suspiciously at his friends. “It’s great right here at Paradise Pond. Why go all the way over to the Marsh? We’ve got plenty of mosquitoes to eat in our own backyard.”
“It’ll be fun and I want to enjoy the weather and chat along the way. I’m sure we’ll find something to eat at the Marsh,” explained Molly encouragingly.
“I agree,” Benny replied. “Who knows what we’ll find on such an adventure?”
Molly said, “Come on, Meem. It’ll be fantastic!”
Meem harrumphed. “No thanks, I’m staying here where the water’s nice and lunch is nearby.”
Bonnie, Benny, and Molly headed for Mellow Marsh. Upon arrival, they couldn’t believe their eyes! The mosquitoes swarmed everywhere and marsh grasses clumped perfectly for perching. They stuffed themselves and then perched to watch the world go by. They made several new friends, too. It was heavenly!
When they got home, Meem asked, “What took so long?”
“Oh, Meem, Mellow Marsh was wonderful!” Molly gasped. “We ate and watched the Marsh activity and then we ate again. Millions of tender mosquitoes surrounded us! We made new friends, too!”
Meem sighed. “I only caught 3 mosquitoes the whole time! I’m going on the next adventure,” Melvin said as his stomach growled.
Have you been adamant on staying in your comfort zone for so long and scared of venturing out?
Please, let’s hear your thoughts. 🙂
A story about overcoming insecurities in order to give back to a friend
Dida Mouse was afraid she didn’t measure up.
Would inviting over her friend prove she was right?
Dida Mouse chattered excitedly to her mother about her new friend.
“Sonya Mouse is kind and easy to be with. We have many things in common. We love having new adventures.”
Still, Dida felt that she wasn’t as smart, kind, or pleasant as Sonya.
Although Sonya often invited Dida over, Dida never reciprocated. She was afraid that Sonya would think less of her if she came over. Besides her personal “shortcomings,” Dida also compared her home to Sonya’s and came up short every time.
Dida had a mouthful of fears: “Why can’t I be as inviting and confident as Sonya?” she said to herself. “I can’t bring myself to do it. My carpet has that ugly worn spot. My house isn’t clean enough. Sonya’s a better cook than I am. I don’t know what to do!”
After having tea and dinner at Sonya’s once again, Dida decided, “I must do my part in this friendship. If Sonya doesn’t like me afterward, I’ll just have to deal with it!”
Dida planned a menu and bought a tablecloth. She invited Sonya to her place for dinner. Although Dida feared that she didn’t measure up, she bravely pushed forward with her plan. She cleaned and even invited Mother for a dinner rehearsal!
Mother said, “Everything is lovely! Don’t worry – you’ll do fine.”
As nervous as Dida felt, she was determined to entertain Sonya. After all, Sonya had invited her many times. Sonya was thrilled with Dida’s invitation and accepted happily.
When Sonya arrived, her smile brightened the room. Dida offered, “Welcome! I’m glad you’re here!” Then, they enjoyed a lovely dinner and fun times together once again – and just as good as ever!
Did the story speak to you directly? If yes, can you share any moment you’ve felt like Dida with a friend?
Share away, there’s love in sharing. 🙂