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inspirational short storiesInspirational short stories aren't for everyone but they mean so much to me. Here is why!

With so much choice nowadays, we are bombarded on all levels and pulled in all directions, so much so, that our concentration can be shot to pieces, and we are uncertain of where our focus is, or even where it should be, at any particular time.

Aren't we all guilty of setting out to read something inspirational, only to get distracted by something else, and then we lose momentum and find it hard to get this back?

I know I have!

Anyway, here is my top 5 list and what I believe inspirational stories teach us.

1. Think in terms of possibility

They teach us that anything and everything is possible and that by allowing ourselves to be open to POSSIBILITIES, we begin to see things in a new light. Sure we may still be afraid or have feelings of doubt or anxiety, but when you think in terms of possibilities, you open your mind to a new way of thinking.

2.Roadblocks don't have to be dead ends

Inspirational stories teach us that so many others overcome all sorts of road blocks in their lives, some physical, some emotional, some mental and some spiritual, but the thing is they overcame! Not overnight, but by changing their way of thinking and looking at a situation and by living their life accordingly!

3.Make The Change

Stories with inspirational messages, give us ideas of how me can make some changes in our lives. Sometimes we are stuck and cannot see a way forward or even away back! By reading and following along with an inspirational story, you may get the answer you were looking for, set off a thought process that will lead you to moving out of the problem and towards a solution, or at least towards a lesser problem, or you might just get the help and encouragement you needed to revisit the problem with a fresh pair of eyes and a revised outlook.

4. Can you take one step forward, to the side or back?

You will come to realize that life is a series of short journeys, and you don't need to be able to perform acrobatics to get from where you are to where you want to be. A series of short steps will still get you there, maybe not as fast, but once you keep the momentum going, and move with the end as your focal point, you will most probably get there, or at least close enough so you can re-evaluate to see if this is still what you really want!

5.Stronger Than You Think

Inspirational stories teach us that we are actually stronger than we think. We may have lost faith in ourselves, but often we give up on ourselves just when success is around the corner. It is by hanging in there, maybe changing route a little, but by hanging in there none the less, that we edge closer and closer to our goal. Even if it may seem we are making no progress, by just being in the moment and being open to receiving help and guidance from others, we may find we are suddenly in the right place at the right time, and circumstances come about to open doors of possibility for us.

Orla Kelly

Theme: Inspirational Short Stories

As a mum, I am always looking for ways to make parenting easier for myself. There are so many lessons I want to teach my kids, but of course they are not always willing to listen, or they think they know it all already, which can make my job as parent quite difficult at times. Finding books with moral stories for my kids is one way I can help reinforce any positive ideas and life skills in my kids, without them thinking I am being overbearing or suffocating.

Buying books with moral stories for kids or borrowing books with a positive content for children, is a good way of ensuring that, while they are reading, or while you are reading to them, they are being introduced to the right messages you want them to receive.

There are different themed books for different morals you would like for your child or some books have a number of morals and positive life skills for your kids. A child may not pick up the message the first time, or some messages may sink in a little or not at all, but don't get discouraged.

Reading with or to your child is a real positive use of your time together, and if your child is at an age where they will read the book for themselves, then they can take it in and process the content of the book in their own time.

kids imaginationIt is always good to check at some stage for understanding of the content. an example would be, "I wonder why the others thought that Victor Vulture was one of the bad guys" or how about "how did the magic medicine tree help the forest animals?" or "what did they learn from the magic medicine tree?" or "why do you think Owly wanted Cloud to make a list?" or "why did Cloud put all those things on her list?"

It is a good idea to read the book yourself also, so you know what messages are clearer and which are more subtle in the book, and often by asking the right question, you will get the right answer.

Depending on your childs age, they may not always understand your question or what you are trying to ask of them, so you may need to explain to them about what the story also teaches. An example would be "look how all the animals worked together and helped make the enchanted forest" or "see how much the animals care about the magic medicine tree, they made him well again" or "the spirit of the forest always seems to be around when the animals and the forest needs her help, yet they have never seen her".

They will then begin to look out for parts of the book that highlight what you said to them and it will all make sense. Do this for any book with a good moral story but even if you can't find one that addresses morals as such, just go for a book that is positive, inspiring and uplifting for your child. There are so many books that will have the opposite effect on your child and you will spend time trying to undo any harm caused.
As children grow, we want to instil positive qualities and life skills, but it does start with us and by introducing them to the right reading material at an early age, will help them in so many ways and in making the right decisions for them.- Orla Kelly