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It's The Leaves That Counts- Short Inspirational Story

Updated on March 17, 2012

"Son help me pile up this leaves so we can get this done a bit quicker!" said Dad. "Okay dad!" replied John. John grab a rake and raking the leaves; piling it up in form of a mountain. While John was busy raking the leaves, dad decided to grab a big bucket and start digging up dirt, gathering a few leaves and twigs. John was confuse at the moment but stood there studying what his dad was doing.

Dad asked his son, " John, you see this bucket? John replied, "Yes dad"

"Good son...let say this bucket is you, your life. This dirt here represent all little thing that are less important in your life like your toys and all the fun stuff. And here is some leaves and let use this leaves as all important things such as your family, your health, your education and more bigger but important things. And here are some twigs and let use this twigs as all the other things that matter such as your car, your house, and your job, okay?"

"Okay dad," John responded curiously.

"Remember son, the dirt are all little things and if you filled this bucket with all dirt first, there will be no rooms for the leaves and the twigs. If you decided to fill all the leaves in the bucket, your life will be full. If you fill this bucket all with twigs you'll be missing the importance in your life. Therefore, make sure that each one of these items have room reserved in this bucket because each one are important from the greatest to the least. And its your choice, what should go in first?

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, son, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Take care of the leaves first; the things that really matter. Set your priorities and the rest are just dirt," Dad lectured.

"Thanks dad," responded John. "Your most welcome son. I'm looking forward to see you grow and remember, its the leaves that counts!" said Dad as he wrap his arm around his son and walked home.


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    • chanroth profile image

      chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

      Hi shruti, thank you! :)

    • shruti sheshadri profile image

      shruti sheshadri 5 years ago from Bangalore, India

      This is a really nice write up, simple but soo meaningful and beautiful! voted up :)

    • chanroth profile image

      chanroth 6 years ago from California, USA

      Hi Gypsy, thank you! :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up! Wonderful and touching story!

    • chanroth profile image

      chanroth 6 years ago from California, USA

      Hi mljdgulley, thank you very much! :)


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      mljdgulley354 6 years ago

      Great story on how to make the important things a part of the little things.