The house with the golden windows

by Stephen on February 25, 2010 · 47 comments

in Moral Stories

The little girl lived in a small, very simple, poor house on a hill and as she grew she would play in the small garden and as she grew she was able to see over the garden fence and across the valley to a wonderful house high on the hill – and this house had golden windows, so golden and shining that the little girl would dream of how magic it would be to grow up and live in a house with golden windows instead of an ordinary house like hers.

And although she loved her parents and her family, she yearned to live in such a golden house and dreamed all day about how wonderful and exciting it must feel to live there.

When she got to an age where she gained enough skill and sensibility to go outside her garden fence, she asked her mother is she could go for a bike ride outside the gate and down the lane. After pleading with her, her mother finally allowed her to go, insisting that she kept close to the house and didn’t wander too far. The day was beautiful and the little girl knew exactly where she was heading! Down the lane and across the valley, she rode her bike until she got to the gate of the golden house across on the other hill.

As she dismounted her bike and lent it against the gate post, she focused on the path that lead to the house and then on the house itself and was so disappointed as she realized all the windows were plain and rather dirty, reflecting nothing other than the sad neglect of the house that stood derelict.

So sad she didn’t go any further and turned, heart broken as she remounted her bike. As she glanced up she saw a sight to amaze her. There across the way on her side of the valley was a little house and its windows glistened golden as the sun shone on her little home.

She realized that she had been living in her golden house and all the love and care she found there was what made her home the “golden house”. Everything she dreamed was right there in front of her nose!

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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chaw March 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Thanks so much. It’s really nice and I would like to translate to our language.

2 Madhusmita March 19, 2010 at 5:16 am

This story is good.

3 Soma May 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Awesomeeeee story

4 Sohan May 14, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Great story! Inspiring and awakening.

5 Aqui May 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Very inspiring story.

6 Shibu May 31, 2010 at 1:30 am

Its a lovely sweet story on how we should see the brighter side of things we possess

7 Arun Pandey (C-DAC) May 31, 2010 at 4:33 am

Very nice story… motivating and inspiring… its right that all the things with us.. but we need to recognize it … and most of us are failing to do that.

8 Diwakar July 2, 2010 at 6:17 am

From this story, I feel our happiness and success are not from others it is within us. Thank you for giving cute golden story.

9 Gopal prasad July 22, 2010 at 11:28 pm

We must be satisfied with whatever we have.

10 Anna July 26, 2010 at 6:31 pm

It’s a short and sweet inspiring story…we dream with our closed eyes and we miss things around with our open strange but true… πŸ˜‰

11 Anuj Banka August 14, 2010 at 12:26 am

Nice story showing what we have but missing it.

12 Lidiya Varghese August 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Love this story….will share it wid all my friends.

13 Kirti Singh August 27, 2010 at 10:36 am

Excellent story…..mind blowing..!!

14 Ugyensiara September 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Simple but with a great theme….very often we don’t realize what we have until too late.

15 Srinivas Kondu October 1, 2010 at 8:17 am

Very good Story, One should always keep this in mind, and remember this story,

As everone tend to achieve the things which are not with them, neglecting the things which are already with them, Belive me this attitude, will end up with a lot of unsatisfacton in ur day 2 days life,and which will directly impact on ur health.

One should be happy for what they are and what they have, and Ofcourse strive to become better than what they are comparing to themselves but not with others.

Be happy and keep ur beloved always happy.

16 Aiman October 30, 2010 at 5:41 am

This is a very good moral story. Thank you for such a good lesson.

17 Rhen November 18, 2010 at 3:23 am

Yhat was a motivating story.. πŸ™‚ and it made me realize that I should be proud of what I have and at the same time, I should be thankful of it. πŸ™‚

18 Dishen November 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm


19 Faiza November 22, 2010 at 9:37 am

Well the story was awesome. It teaches us we should satisfied with what we are and dreaming is not always good. If we have little then no problem. Nothing is better then something. What you have how much it is it is yours.

20 Antwi November 30, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Very inspiring and motivating.

21 Sona December 3, 2010 at 6:46 am

Awesome story… heart touching story…

22 Preethi December 20, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Really nice story…. really good meaning.

23 Nihal mahanto January 15, 2011 at 4:47 am

Good story, whatever we dream of is near-by us. Thank you all.

24 Brenda March 15, 2011 at 1:41 am

I loved your story.

25 Seshu March 17, 2011 at 4:26 am

Good story and good moral

26 Myrna March 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Very good story. We sometimes need inspirational stories like this to remind us to be grateful and appreciative of the things and people in our lives.

27 Menalish FDO March 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

It’s a wonderful story. We should know what we have instead of knowing what others have.

28 vivek April 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

nice story………..very nice…….

29 angel April 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

indeed a beautiful story…loved it..! πŸ™‚

30 satish April 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm


31 chandru April 27, 2011 at 5:24 am

Nice one

32 minoo May 2, 2011 at 12:22 am

Excellent story teaching about to focus on what we have at present and no dreaming , grumbling and fuming about what somenone else has.

33 Moiz May 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm


34 Ani June 9, 2011 at 10:41 am

Hmmm wonder how far my house is of this one to see mine having beautiful golden window

35 naveen June 13, 2011 at 7:37 am

good one….

36 Ogwo David Emenike September 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Accept thyself!

37 flame October 16, 2011 at 11:41 pm

ah for me that ok

38 Radha February 9, 2012 at 1:31 am

Amazing story… It touched my heart.

39 Nigar May 21, 2012 at 6:32 am

Very touching and thought prvoking story.

40 George Harris July 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

At my suggestion a variation of this story was written as a song by tony martin and sterling whipple. They were the co-writers of “third rock from the sun” and others. Nothing came of their efforts regarding this song. Still a great story.

41 Jancis Dienes August 13, 2012 at 6:14 am

This was read to me while I was a small child in infants school in England. I never forgot this story since hearing it at five years old. I am now 68. We all need to count our blessings!

42 Angel September 8, 2012 at 7:39 am

You are on the top. Nice one.

43 Md a. sk April 21, 2013 at 1:29 am

What do you think the girl was a dremer ?

44 Joe Doyle November 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm

“The house with the golden windows”: This is a nice story. My father used to tell us this story in the early 1950’s.

45 Amber November 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I used to read this story all the time when I was a kid, I had a book filled with stories just like this, but this one always stuck to me so glad I’v came across it again!

46 Arshiya April 22, 2014 at 7:15 am

Awesome stories Stephen….very inspiring…thank you….Keep going… πŸ™‚

47 Cucu July 30, 2014 at 8:14 am

Right there in front of her nose => right there in front of her eyes

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