Short Story -Smoke Signal

I came across this story in our weekly Monday Coffee mails and I found it to be really meaningful. So sharing it here 🙂

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly to God to come rescue him, every day he scanned the horizon for help, but there was nothing.

Eventually, he managed to build a small hut for himself out of driftwood to protect him and a few of his belongings. But one day, he returned home from his scavenging for food to find that his hut was in flames, the smoke billowing up to the sky.

The worst had happened, everything he had was lost. He was filled with grief and anger. “God, how could you do this to me!”, he cried. Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island. It had come to rescue him.

“How did you know I was here?”, he asked his rescuers wearily. “We saw your smoke signal”, they replied.
It’s easy to get discouraged when things aren’t working out in our lives. But we shouldn’t lose heart because God is working out our lives, even in the midst of all the pain and suffering.

So, remember next time your little hut is burning to the ground, it’s God way of summoning the good to you.:) 🙂


Short Story – Big John Doesn’t Pay

We have this weekly mailer in office every Monday called Monday Blues which is actually a good way to start our week at work with some fun anecdotes and amusing short stories.

This short story that I am sharing here is the first thing I read in office today. Hope that it helps u beat ur Monday blues too.

” One fine day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and drove off along the route. No problems for the first few stops – few people got on, few people got off and everything went generally well. At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a guy got on.

Six feet eight, built like a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground. He glared at the driver and said, “Big John doesn’t pay!” and sat down at the back.

The driver was five feet three, thin and basically meek. Naturally, he didn’t argue with Big John but he wasn’t happy about it.

The same thing happened the next day – Big John got on, made a show of refusing to pay, and sat down in the back. And again the next day, and the day after that & so on.

The driver started losing sleep over the way Big John was taking advantage of him. Finally, he could stand it no longer. He signed up for body building classes, karate, judo and all that good stuff.

By the end of summer, he grew quite strong and felt good about himself.

So on the next Monday, when Big John got on and said, “Big John doesn’t pay”, the driver glared right back and screamed, “Why not?”

With a surprised look on his face, Big John replied, “Because Big John has a bus pass” ”  😛


Short Story – The Carrot, The Egg & The Coffee Bean

I read this beautiful little short story recently and felt that I should share it here 🙂

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me, what do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” the young woman replied. The mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity – boiling water – but each reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.
The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened!
The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. 🙂

Think of this: Which are we?
Are we the carrot that seems strong but, with pain and adversity, do we wilt and become soft and lose our strength?
Are we the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Does our shell look the same, but on the inside we are bitter and tough with a hardened heart?
Or are we like the coffee bean? The bean that actually changed the hot water, the very circumstance that brought the pain. 🙂

Lets be like the bean, when things are at their worst, let’s get better and change the situation around us 🙂