51 Inspirational Stories

This book of stories both entertains and enriches! And, in the process of doing so, also teaches the reader invaluable moral lessons, the moral aspect stemming from the fact of the realities on which their narration is based, some emanating from the author’s personal experiences.

Each story offers the reader the added advantage of situating himself/herself within its structure and to thereby apply to his/her own life the moral highlighted, thus create his/her own little story that could inspire others!

So here is a short excerpt from the book “51 Inspirational Stories” which is likely to inspire you.

“Poor fellow! He’s playing the violin to make a living!”, the commuters commented to one another as they hurried to catch their trains. “So many ways to beg! Playing the violin is one of them,” others said as they passed the violinist. Many late-comers, rushing to catch their trains at the last minute, had no time to notice what was happening on the platform.

Beautiful! How sweetly this fellow plays the violin,” a young lady forced her thin husband to pause a while to enjoy the melodious music. Appreciating the heavenly tune, a scholarly man commented to his companion, “God did not give him sight but blessed him with the gift of music.” He dropped a coin in the open violin case, pitying his poverty but admiring his music.

Although he played the violin for about an hour, the violinist was disheartened that hi recital had not attracted many in the crowded railway junction. Joshua Bell removed his dark glasses, which had made the commuters think he was blind. Looking down at his torn, shabby old clothes, he smiled. “No wonder people presumed I was a blind beggar!”

Bell counted the coins some generous travellers had dropped into his violin case. They added up to mere 32 dollars. “Is it offered to me to buy today’s bread or in appreciation of my music? Whatever it may be, each coin is very precious,” he mused. With great devotion and humility the violinist placed them in his coat pocket, making sure that his old coat did not have any hole. As he hailed a taxi to reach his lodging, Bell warmly thanked his journalist-friend for assisting him to study people’s perceptions. He had been standing some distance away all this time.

The next evening, amidst thunderous applause, the same violinist emerged at the grand stadium. Here an elegantly dressed Bell acknowledged people’s cheers and love for him with a deep bow. The huge stadium was tightly packed with no seat left vacant. Each had paid $100 for a ticket to listen to the greatest American violinist in their city. Towards the end of his touching violin concert Joshua Bell narrated his previous day’s experience at Washington D.C. railway station.

The great violinist told the cheering audience, “Thanks a lot for your generous gift of $3.5 million this evening. Yesterday evening I could obtain only $32. Maybe my music is worth only that much! Or poor blind beggars count for only that much!” His admirers were stunned and ashamed.

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and blind can see.” – Mark Twain.

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