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Gift of Life

A Compilation of Inspirational Stories and Anecdotes

1. The Secret Lies Within (Character and success emerge from one’s heart)

A man was selling balloons at a fair in a tribal village. He had balloons of different colors. To attract the attention of people, he would release a gas filled balloon into the air. When children saw the balloon go up, they would jump with joy and rushed to buy one.

The Balloon man was busy in attracting his little customers, when he felt someone pulling his kurta (traditional dress worn in India). He turned around and saw a little dark tribal boy asking him, "If you release a black balloon, would that also fly high?"

For a moment the balloon man was taken aback – why is this little boy asking such a question? His eyes fell on the dark skin of the body, and in a flicker of moment, the balloon man realized the matter!

With lot of affection, he moved his hand on the head of the little boy and replied gently, "Son, it is not the color of the balloon, it is what’s inside it that makes it go up!"

Gift of Life Home (Table of Contents)

Next Chapter: 2. Take Responsibility For Your Actions (By correcting ourselves, we help others correct themselves)

Please visit our Inspirational Articles archive for hundreds more of inspirational stories and articles.

Gift of Life is a compilation of stories, anecdotes and articles by Raju Baby Thaluvachira, India

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