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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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{ 25 comments… add one }
  • WXL April 26, 2021, 7:26 am

    what a perfect story

  • Sonal July 26, 2019, 6:56 am

    I liked it. Motivational.

  • Jayaram R September 10, 2016, 5:20 am

    simple truth of our existence and brotherhood

  • mahmess June 10, 2016, 9:59 am

    I like this story

  • Nesar Ahmed February 13, 2015, 2:25 pm

    Good and inspirational stories compel to think

  • Liya November 30, 2013, 8:34 am

    Lovely story ! 🙂

  • Nisha October 23, 2013, 6:47 pm

    Awesome story !!! Thanks for sharing

  • shama October 3, 2013, 12:01 pm

    Simple but real. Very thoughtful.

  • sSantosh September 30, 2013, 12:00 pm

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

  • Elsa Espanol September 28, 2013, 6:20 am

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

  • Sandhya Gupta September 27, 2013, 12:09 pm

    Thoughtful !

  • Mosopefoluwaah September 26, 2013, 1:43 am

    God’s love shared abroad.

  • Ankur September 25, 2013, 11:08 pm

    I wish people also follow this in real world ..

  • Ktzapau September 25, 2013, 7:54 pm

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

  • Rita September 24, 2013, 9:34 pm

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

  • Williams September 24, 2013, 6:31 pm

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

  • Sagar September 24, 2013, 1:36 pm

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

  • Kauser September 24, 2013, 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.

  • Cynthia September 24, 2013, 1:55 am

    You are fantastic, Stephen! I have something to look forward to every week! 🙂

  • Tanaya September 24, 2013, 1:26 am

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

  • Dharani September 24, 2013, 12:59 am

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

  • S. thiagarajan September 23, 2013, 10:07 pm

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

  • Rocz September 23, 2013, 7:18 pm

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

    • Stephen September 23, 2013, 7:28 pm

      Will do. Thanks Rocz!

  • Samantha September 23, 2013, 12:53 pm

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

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