So, I thought it would be nice to share a story I wrote. Hope you like it!
There once was a boy who wanted to be great. He wanted to grow up and become a successful businessman. As he sat in his room looking out, he would dream of the day he would be great at trade, the day he would come back to his place a successful businessman. The King himself would want to talk to him and be awed by him. One day he told of his dream to his friends. But they laughed and teased him, for how who a boy as poor and uneducated as he, become a businessman? Rather sad at his friends’ laughing he went by and sat near the river. Overwhelmed by feelings, he began crying. He knew his friends were right. He was poor and uneducated, and he knew nothing about how to be successful, so how was he ever going to even start a business? Suddenly he heard a noise. As though something fell into the water. He looked around and saw a man standing a bit far away near the river. He could see a bag moving through the water. It seemed man has lost his bag. The boy immediately jumped into the river and fished the bag out. He gave it back to the man, who seemed relieved.
“Thank you so much, dear boy. That bag had precious materials.” he said, as the boy came back to the bank and tried to dry himself.
“You’re welcome, sir.” the boy said.
The man finished inspecting the bag for any damage and looked back at the boy. But as he watched the boy’s face his expression changed.
“What’s the matter, my dear boy? You seem rather sad? ” he asked.
“Nothing, sir.” he said, not wanting to talk about his problems with practically a stranger.
“Sit down, son. As you have helped me with my problem, let me see if I can help you with yours?” he asked.
Reluctantly the boy narrated his tale. How his dreams were too big and how his friends laughed at him for that.
“I suppose now the whole village will laugh at me, now.” the boy said, dejectedly.
“Yes, they may. For it’s the job of idle minds to laugh at those who dream. But as the person who is being laughed at, it is your job to make that dream to a reality.” the man said.
“But they are right, how can I become a great business with no money or education? What if I’m just meant to be a poor person my whole life?” he asked.
“Well, I think I can help you out in this.” the old man said.
“How?” asked the boy.
The man took out a bag and opened it. He held out the bag for the boy to see the contents.
“Look into the bag, what do you see?” he asked.
“A blue stone, and a red stone,” replied the boy.
“Yes, these are the stones of destiny. Whenever you feel doubtful of your dream, ask yourself: Will I be able to complete this dream?. Then take out one of the stones without looking in the bag. If you have taken out the blue stone, it means your dreams will work out if you take out the red stone it means it will not work.” the man said.
“But sir, will it really work? How can two stones tell me about my dreams?” the boy asked.
“Well, it’s up to you whether you believe in it or not. But I myself am a very successful merchant, and all my life these stones have helped me see if my dreams work out. The stones never lie.” he said.
Nodding, the boy took the bag.
“Thank you, sir.” he said.
“Consider it a thank you for your help. But you must follow one rule while using the stones.” the man said smiling.
“What is that?” the boy asked.
“Do not take out both the stones at once. Take only one out of the bag, with your eyes closed. If you take both out of the bag, they lose their power.” he said.
“Yes, sir.” said the boy. Nodding, the man went on his journey.
And so, the boy went back home and said as the man had said. As his friends laughed at him, he would do as the man said and take out a stone. Getting a blue stone, he would smile and work on his dream. Soon, he learned not to listen to others, when they tried to dissuade him. He quietly went about, working on his dream. He grew to believe in the stones’ power, each time it said he would get through and he did. Soon, as the man said, the boy grew to become a great businessman. He was so great that even the King himself wanted to see him. He was welcomed by the King with immense pride. All the friends who had laughed at him now admired him. His whole village was proud of him. Once as he sat in his house looking out the window as he did when he a boy, he remembered the old man he had met and how he had changed his life. He decided he wanted to see the man again. He sent out people to search for him.
After a long search, they soon discovered the man. As he had told the boy, he himself was a successful merchant. Being glad at finally discovering the old man, our hero, met him. Smiling at his old friend, he thanked him for the stones and told him how it had helped him realise his dreams.
The old man smiled and laughed.
“My dear boy, if you think it was the stones that helped you, then you are wrong. It was your hard work and your belief in your dream. Nothing more. The stones merely gave you confidence.” said the old man.
“But it was their magical powers that convinced me that my dream would come true. ” he replied.
“The stones have no magical powers. Take out the stones together from the bag.” said the old man.
“But you said that would make them lose their powers. ” he said.
“Just do it.” the old man said, smiling.
He took out the bag and took out the stones from it. They were both blue now.
“But one of them was red. What happened to them?” he asked.
“Yes now put them back in the bag. ” he said.
As he did, one stone turned back to red.
“What are these stones?” he asked.
“You see, one stone is blue, while the other turns blue when you touch it. So whenever you took out a stone from the bag, you always got a blue one. And each time you got a blue stone you knew you were going to be successful, so you kept working on your dreams. It is your work that made you successful, the stones merely helped you believe you could.” the old man said.
Now he understood the true meaning behind the stones. It was now that he truly knew the secret to success is to believe in oneself and one’s dreams. Thanking the old man, he went back to his home, now a wiser man.
Hope you liked the story!!!!