Here are some good short stories to read to pass the time.
Some stories may be based on my own experiences (I’ll let you know), while others have lessons that could be useful if applied in life.
Please share your thoughts at the end of the page.
Thank you for taking the time to read. I hope you enjoy them!
YAHOO! Just in time!
(based on a past experience)
I remember one time, during the prime of instant messengers(IM) and dial-up connections, I had this one friend. On this one night, I was by myself at home and just relaxing, watching a movie. I heard the messenger go “beep”, indicating that someone sent me a message. The messenger was silent for a while then another “beep”.
I ignored it. I was so into the movie that I didn’t want to get up to check who it was that messaged me. In my mind, I could always chat with them after the movie. I mean why not? It was Friday night and I was in the middle of a horror film.
Anyway, after the movie, I finally got up to see who messaged me. It was my friend.
This friend of mine was going through a tough week and she tends to have these depressed days.
That night was one of those days.
It was also a really bad day.
I don’t remember how the messages went, but…
I do remember that she wanted to kill herself that night.
There used to be a command in instant messenger that sends a “Buzz!” to the other person and shakes their screen and a high-pitched “DING!” is heard if the sound is turned on…you know, to get their attention.
I was repeating these commands over and over while sending messages in between until it is ready again for another BUZZ!
I kept trying to get her attention until she messaged back. You have no idea how happy I was to see the text “….is typing…” at the bottom of that IM window.
She told me that she was running water in the tub and was about to get in when she heard the alerts coming from her computer.
She decided it was worth checking her messages one last time.
She told me that she read that it was going to be painless in the tub. Like sleeping.
I told her this is not the way. Don’t give up just yet and it will be okay. We can talk about it and look for other things to be happy about. To help her get through this, and as we keep looking, I can be there when these events trigger.
We talked all night until she felt better. Even got to make her send the “ROFLMAO” emoji with a silly joke I made about the horror movie. Things were okay again.
She won this battle.
If I had not messaged her, and if she had not decided to check her messages one last time that night, then this story would have gone another way.
I’m just glad that she decided to give life one last chance to pull her back before she completely slipped away. That she found that one reason to keep going that night, and that I was there to say the right words, to give a ray of hope during the dark times.
I wondered a few times before, what would have happened if I had ignored those messages? If I didn’t take it seriously? Would she have really done it? Then I realized that we should always take those words seriously. No one really knows what’s going on in someone’s head so whenever a statement like “I’m going to kill myself” pops up anywhere in a conversation, at any given time, treat it like it’s true. All the time. At the same time, I don’t think it should be used jokingly either.
My friend decided that she wasn’t going to lose and continued to battle depression and anxiety through the years after that night. She won.
She is now happily married and living the best of her life with a successful career.
You see, to a lot of people the battle with depression is ongoing. To some, it does not end. Some days they win, some days they don’t. One must absolutely be determined not to lose this battle. Positive thinking is just not enough. You have to go beyond that.
The universe works with many laws, and the law of attraction does not work by itself. It does work closely with the law of cause and effect. I’ll save these laws for another time as there is much to explain about them.
My friends, if you are going through the darkest of times, please…look for help.
I say “look” instead of “ask” because looking for help means taking action to find ways to help yourself, while asking for help is simply asking and waiting for it. It sort of gives a passive role, and the problem with this is, not everyone will be able to give you what you are asking for.
To “look” gives a more active role to the looker. It enables you do something, and as we all know, “look, and you shall find”.
You don’t have to battle this energy alone, but you do have to kill it on your own, sometimes by yourself.
The good thing about it is this:
You have the power. You are in control of your own actions and feelings. You are not alone.
When the darkest of days comes, when you feel like giving up and letting go, when it feels like you cannot get back up on your feet, please, please, please.
Always. Give. Life. One more chance.
There is hope. Always. We just have to look for it at the right places.
The 5-second Countdown Game
(based on a past experience)
A grandson and his grandfather were having a conversation around the neighborhood during one of their many afternoon walks. This has become a routine now since the grandfather is just recovering from a major heart surgery.
The grandfather noticed that his grandson is unusually quiet. Normally, he would have started the conversation already about a recent trail he discovered with his friends, or a recent restaurant that he had tried with his wife.
“What’s troubling you, boy?” The grandfather asked, breaking the silence. “You seem deep in thought there.”
“Well…” The grandson started. “I’m troubled with two choices. Career choices, actually. I was wondering if you could share me your wisdom”.
“But of course! Let me hear your worries.” The grandfather replied eagerly.
“I don’t think I want to continue on with my career anymore. I’m thinking about going after a different career. But I’m really not sure. I’ve been doing this job for years and it’s all I know. I went to school for it and I’m quite good at it, actually.” He shared proudly.
“It’s just that, I find myself being stressed out often these past years. I don’t feel healthy, you know, inside.” He pats the left side of his chest where his heart would be. “I feel drained of energy by the time I get home. Don’t get me wrong though, I still like what I do. The reward it brings during the good days are priceless.”
“The thing is, most days are usually bad. They tend to be long and hard. Very challenging. Overwhelming at times.”
The grandfather remained silent, sensing that his grandson had more to say.
“I get treated well, and I love my coworkers. We respect each other. We’re a good team. You don’t get a good team very often at work. I get along with everyone.” He sighed. “I really don’t want to leave them just yet.”
“Hmmm…If, I may ask one question.” The grandfather asked.
“Yes Grandpa. What is it?”
“Not once did you mention happiness in your predicament there. Tell me, are you happy?” He asked his grandson.
“With my job? Yeah, I think so. I think I’m happy. But I don’t think I will be happy in the long run. I don’t know that for sure but I know myself well enough that I will not be happy with the stress, and the other things that come with it in the future.” The grandson answered.
“I was expecting a more definite answer, but, let’s play a game.” Grandpa said studying his grandson. “Before I explain how it is played, you first have to agree to play.”
“Okay. This sounds interesting.” His grandson said knowing that his grandpa was about to teach him something knowledgeable. “I agree, Gramps. I’m always ready for a lesson.”
“Alright. The idea is simple. The human brain is wired a certain way to countdowns. We count down before a race, or before launching a rocket to space. The microwave counts down until the food is ready. The countdown is there to prepare our brains on what’s to come.”
“In this game, your brain will prepare you to speak the truth at the end of the count down. The answer might be something you have always known. I call this, the 5-second countdown game.”
“I’m going to ask you a question. Then I’m going to count down from five. At the end of the countdown, you should have an answer ready. You must maintain eye contact at all times.”
“You only have two choices to choose from. Yes, or no.” The grandfather looked at the grandson directly in his eyes. “Are you ready?”
The young man looked at him thoughtfully and wondered what his grandfather is getting at. “I’m ready.” The grandson answered.
“Do you want to continue your career?” The grandfather asked holding his grandsons gaze.
The grandson looked at him blankly. He did not see this question coming. He was not prepared.
“I don’t know.” he said shaking his head.
“I really have no idea.” he continued, this time wiping his face.
“I wasn’t ready for this.” he clenched his jaw thinking he has to make up his mind and give the most honest answer he can.
“wai—” he started.
“No!” he blurted out hurriedly.
The grandson sighed and looked at his grandfather wide-eyed and an open mouth.
“No.” He whispered.
His grandfather smiled at him and gave him a wink. “This was used among many leaders when they come across a difficult decision that needs an immediate and honest response. Most of the time you already know what you want, you just get distracted by other things such as risks, amount of time and energy you’ve invested, opinions and expectations of family and friends.”
“Often times people worry about what everything and everyone else is going to think that they forget to worry about themselves. Their own happiness. They forget who they are and are blinded by what others’ expectations and ideas of them are, and who they should be. In return, they pressure themselves to live up to their standards, and will always feel disappointed every time they feel like they did not. What a life to live.” He smiled at his grandson, hoping that he got the message.
“You’re right.” The grandson smiled. “I need to do something to change my situation then. I must take that first step towards what I really want. Towards my dreams. Thank you, grandpa, I needed that.”
“Ah, my boy, you knew the answer all along.”
“Just remember… never disregard your own happiness. You owe yourself all the happiness you deserve, and you are much better than who you think you are. Be kind and do not hurt others. Be honest with yourself and make up your mind. You do not have much time left.” The grandfather finished as they end their afternoon walk and headed home for some supper.