Short stories

What exactly are meaningful stories?

Meaningful stories are meant to inspire. They are meant to stimulate your thinking and give you, a little or some, insight and perspective on life. The stories on this site, and the ones we will send you, are mostly about familiar situations. The fact that they can be familiar to you, is the reason why they're so stimulating: they tell you, maybe even unintentional, about the hidden wisdom of your own existence. Some might say your life is a story, but it's up to you to discover what it is trying to tell you.


The diamond

Having arrived at the edge of the village, the master sat down under a tree to rest for the night when, suddenly, a villager came running up to him. ‘The stone, the stone, give me the precious stone!’ he shouted.
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The starfish

Once a man was walking along a beach. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. Off in the distance he could see a person going back... Read on


The mouse trap

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "What food might this contain?" the mouse wondered... Read on


The cock and the sun

There is great commotion at the poultry farm. The cock is ill; he has lost his voice and so won’t be able to crow tomorrow as the sun rises...Read on


The song of silence

‘Tao is silent,’ Lao Tzu taught his students. Nothing can be said about Tao. One day, the emperor of Chu invited him to hold a talk at the palace... Read on


The woodcollectors

There lived a poor man near the forest. He used to collect woods from the forest and took those to the far away market.
The man had a donkey... Read on