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The house with the golden windows

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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  • Puran Tajpuriya November 23, 2021, 12:28 pm

    Very good story.

  • Vanessa Ruiz September 22, 2021, 10:14 am

    I love the story

  • Finola scott August 3, 2018, 5:38 am

    Great story with an excellent moral.

  • Cucu July 30, 2014, 8:14 am

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

  • Arshiya April 22, 2014, 7:15 am

    Awesome stories Stephen….very inspiring…thank you….Keep going… 🙂

  • Amber November 29, 2013, 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!

  • Joe Doyle November 28, 2013, 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.

  • Md a. sk April 21, 2013, 1:29 am

    What do you think the girl was a dremer ?

  • Angel September 8, 2012, 7:39 am

    You are on the top. Nice one.

  • Jancis Dienes August 13, 2012, 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!

  • George Harris July 4, 2012, 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.

  • Nigar May 21, 2012, 6:32 am

    Very touching and thought prvoking story.

  • Radha February 9, 2012, 1:31 am

    Amazing story… It touched my heart.

  • flame October 16, 2011, 11:41 pm

    ah for me that ok

  • Ogwo David Emenike September 26, 2011, 3:51 pm

    Accept thyself!

  • naveen June 13, 2011, 7:37 am

    good one….

  • Ani June 9, 2011, 10:41 am

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

  • Moiz May 23, 2011, 1:58 pm


  • minoo May 2, 2011, 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.

  • chandru April 27, 2011, 5:24 am

    Nice one

  • satish April 18, 2011, 12:02 pm


  • angel April 7, 2011, 12:01 pm

    indeed a beautiful story…loved it..! 🙂

  • vivek April 3, 2011, 9:01 pm

    nice story………..very nice…….

  • Menalish FDO March 23, 2011, 7:42 am

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

  • Myrna March 17, 2011, 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.

  • Seshu March 17, 2011, 4:26 am

    Good story and good moral

  • Brenda March 15, 2011, 1:41 am

    I loved your story.

  • Nihal mahanto January 15, 2011, 4:47 am

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

  • Preethi December 20, 2010, 3:13 pm

    Really nice story…. really good meaning.

  • Sona December 3, 2010, 6:46 am

    Awesome story… heart touching story…

  • Antwi November 30, 2010, 3:09 pm

    Very inspiring and motivating.

  • Faiza November 22, 2010, 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.

  • Dishen November 19, 2010, 7:16 pm


  • Rhen November 18, 2010, 3:23 am

    Yhat was a motivating story.. 🙂 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. 🙂

  • Aiman October 30, 2010, 5:41 am

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

  • Srinivas Kondu October 1, 2010, 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.

  • Ugyensiara September 25, 2010, 12:11 pm

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

  • Kirti Singh August 27, 2010, 10:36 am

    Excellent story…..mind blowing..!!

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

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

  • Anuj Banka August 14, 2010, 12:26 am

    Nice story showing what we have but missing it.

  • Anna July 26, 2010, 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… 😉

  • Gopal prasad July 22, 2010, 11:28 pm

    We must be satisfied with whatever we have.

  • Diwakar July 2, 2010, 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.

  • Arun Pandey (C-DAC) May 31, 2010, 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.

  • Shibu May 31, 2010, 1:30 am

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

  • Aqui May 28, 2010, 10:05 pm

    Very inspiring story.

  • Sohan May 14, 2010, 11:54 pm

    Great story! Inspiring and awakening.

  • Soma May 14, 2010, 2:24 pm

    Awesomeeeee story

  • Madhusmita March 19, 2010, 5:16 am

    This story is good.

  • Chaw March 12, 2010, 10:51 pm

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

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