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A Thief’s Lesson — Life Lessons Series #17

When the son of a professional thief saw his father getting older, he worried because he had not learned any trade to make a living for himself. So, he asked his father to teach him his trade. ‘All right, I’ll show you,’ his father said. One night, the thief took his son to a rich man’s […]

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The Stone Soup — Life Lessons Series #16

In a medieval village, a farmer notices three starving soldiers approaching town and warns his neighbors to hide their food, for fear of losing all of it. The soldiers go door to door, denied food by everyone they ask. Suddenly, one of the soldiers gets an idea. He knocks on a door, asking the villager if […]

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The Carpenter — Life Lessons Series #14

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer/contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by. The contractor was sorry to see his good […]

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The Very Old Lady — Life Lessons Series #11

A very old lady looked in the mirror one morning. She had three remaining hairs on her head, and being a positive soul, she said, ‘I think I’ll braid my hair today.’ So she braided her three hairs, and she had a great day. Some days later, looking in the mirror one morning, preparing for […]

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The Two Wolves — Life Lessons Series #9

‘A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego. The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, […]

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The Muddy Road – Life Lessons series #8

Two monks, Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.   ‘Come on, girl,’ said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over […]