by Stephen on September 23, 2013 · 22 comments

in Inspiring Stories

A woman who had worked all her life to bring about good was granted one wish, “Before I die let me visit both hell and heaven.” Her wish was granted.

She was whisked off to a great banqueting hall. The tables were piled high with delicious food and drink. Around the tables sat miserable, starving people as wretched as could be.

“Why are they like this?” she asked the angel who accompanied her.

“Look at their arms,” the angel replied.

She looked and saw that attached to the people’s arms were long chopsticks secured above the elbow. Unable to bend their elbows, the people aimed the chopsticks at the food, missed every time and sat hungry, frustrated and miserable.

“Indeed this is hell! Take me away from here!”

She was then whisked off to heaven. Again she found herself in a great banqueting hall with tables piled high. Around the tables sat people laughing, contented, joyful.

“No chopsticks I suppose,” she said.

“Oh yes there are. Look, just as in hell they are long and attached above the elbow but look, here people have learnt to feed one another”.

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Samantha September 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Great story! When there’s love, kindness, and hope everything is possible.

2 Rocz September 23, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Thank you for sharing. Keep on feeding other with beautiful and motivational thoughts, Stephen. πŸ™‚

3 Stephen September 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Will do. Thanks Rocz!

4 S. thiagarajan September 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Thanks. Learnt to know how to be happy in life.

5 Dharani September 24, 2013 at 12:59 am

Nice story and thanks for sharing Stephen…. It’s just the narrow mindedness that makes people crazy….

6 Tanaya September 24, 2013 at 1:26 am

Thank you Stephen. Story was really great and inspiring. Please Keep Sharing such motivational thoughts.

7 Cynthia September 24, 2013 at 1:55 am

You are fantastic, Stephen! I have something to look forward to every week! πŸ™‚

8 Kauser September 24, 2013 at 2:00 am

Nice One! It emphasizes how much different & contented it is when we learn to adopt & work in positive direction – difference between heaven & hell.

9 Sagar September 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I like this story, how well they differentiate in the heaven and hell.

10 Williams September 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Nice story, it really teaches us how to care for one another.

11 Rita September 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm

The lord always blessed to those that were kind to one another.

12 Ktzapau September 25, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Nice story. It makes me thinking of heaven and nearer to God.

13 Ankur September 25, 2013 at 11:08 pm

I wish people also follow this in real world ..

14 Mosopefoluwaah September 26, 2013 at 1:43 am

God’s love shared abroad.

15 Sandhya Gupta September 27, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Thoughtful !

16 Elsa Espanol September 28, 2013 at 6:20 am

Love and concern.. these are the magic words to heaven…..

17 sSantosh September 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Waw! What a simple way to live happy with love just caring each other. πŸ™‚

18 shama October 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Simple but real. Very thoughtful.

19 Nisha October 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Awesome story !!! Thanks for sharing

20 Liya November 30, 2013 at 8:34 am

Lovely story ! πŸ™‚

21 Nesar Ahmed February 13, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Good and inspirational stories compel to think

22 mahmess June 10, 2016 at 9:59 am

I like this story

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