The black dot

by Stephen on July 23, 2012 · 26 comments

in Inspiring Stories

A small town chamber of commerce invited a speaker to address its annual dinner. The community’s economy was bad, people were discouraged, and they wanted this motivational speaker to give them a boost.

During her presentation, the speaker took a large piece of white paper and made a small black dot at the center with a marking pen. Then she held the paper up before the group and asked them what they saw.

One person quickly replied, “I see a black dot.”

“Okay, what else do you see?”

Others joined in agreement: “A black dot.”

“Don’t you see anything besides the dot?” – she asked.

A resounding “No” came from the audience.

“What about the sheet of paper?” – asked the speaker. “I am sure you have all seen it”, she said, “But you have chosen to overlook it.”

“In life, we also tend to overlook and take for granted many wonderful things that we have or happen around us and focus our attention and energy on small, dotlike failures and disappointments. The so called ‘problems’ that we have are usually like the black dot on the paper. They are small and insignificant if we can widen our horizon and look at the whole picture.”

Are you one of the person who focus your attention and energy on dot-like problems?

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mosopefoluwa July 23, 2012 at 8:08 am

Focusing on the immaterial could make one loose the real thing. Avoid unnecessaries

2 Margaret July 23, 2012 at 11:21 am

Your short stories published here are interesting. I am using them for the value education for the high school students.

I see there are many more stories…. .which I will use converting into sessions. Later on after some years I may publish my sessions for the students. I would like to get due permission from you. I am a catholic nun engaged in teaching ministry.

3 Stephen July 23, 2012 at 11:37 am

Hi Margaret!

Please feel free to use the content here in anyway you see fit. Credit is warmly appreciated but not required. Best wishes.

4 Dandy July 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Very nice.. always find ways…

5 Princehc July 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Great site indeed, i like it!!!!

6 Edward Riva August 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praise worthy — think about such things. Phil 4:8

7 Maremi Tersoo August 5, 2012 at 6:07 am

Nice one here too! Kindly permit me to be using your stories for my workplace article. Thank you.

8 Stephen August 5, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Hi Maremi!

Please feel free to use the stories. Take care!

9 Doenee August 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Inspirational piece!

10 Gailikngam August 13, 2012 at 10:51 am

I am teaching at sunday school. The stories are very helpful.

11 Warui Maina August 14, 2012 at 9:55 am

This is a sweet story, thumbs up!!!

12 NARENDER August 23, 2012 at 4:49 am

Great way of motivation to students.

13 Sohamjit August 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm

But at times a dot leaves an everlasting mark of shock and sorrow that affects the very existence. A dot on a white paper may mean a dark episode that tarnishes the image of a good person. None the less, the story is good from H.R prespective.

14 Dors August 30, 2012 at 9:26 pm


I share most of your stories here in our company Prayer Meetings. It helps to uplift the spirit. Thank you and God bless.

15 Romit Roy September 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

Good one, I like it.

16 Dr.Dania david September 16, 2012 at 7:05 am

Excellent story.. Inspiring.

17 Sai Shreya September 20, 2012 at 5:46 am

Superb, it’s that which is exactly happening.

18 Shilpa September 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I’ve read many inspirational stories here, they are very motivating, gave me a lot of confidence…

Good job!!!!

19 Yetunde October 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

All the stories here have been a source of inspiration to my life. Whenever I’m down and feel the world is crumbling on me I will just open the page and started reading and I share with my friends on facebook too. It has help me keep going.


20 Genevieve November 9, 2012 at 10:59 am

All stories here are really amazing..

Very inspiring. Every time I am pressured, stressed, I just read some stories here and it makes me feel good. Thanks to all contributors!

21 Zungusnoh April 30, 2013 at 9:29 am

Very nice story.

22 Zahida khan February 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm

It’s a great motivation for students….it’ an inspiring story…. Love this one!!!!

23 Easterine Makang February 15, 2014 at 11:50 pm

Amazing stories…Love it!!! Thank you.

24 Joseph k S March 2, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Very good stories with amazing inspirations. Thank you.

25 Edet October 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Thank you for inspiring me

26 Jody August 16, 2017 at 10:20 pm

This is a wonderfully simple story that has so many applications in real life. Thank you for sharing this. I’ll share it & give credit

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