A Dish of Ice Cream

Inspirational Stories about Life – A Dish of Ice Cream (Short Story # 30)

I love the inspirational stories that inspire and make us think when we read them again and again. Such inspiring stories gives us gentle reminders how to live a life at the fullest. In the series of Motivational and inspirational Stories, today we are presenting an Inspirational Story – “A Dish of Ice Cream”.  This one is a heart touching story which beautifully refreshes the simple life lessons about kindness, patience, and generosity.

Short Inspirational and motivational stories about life – A Dish of Ice Cream (Short Story # 30)

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a coffee shop and sat the counter. The waitress put a glass of water in front of him and asked what he’d like.

“How much is an ice cream sundae?”, The little boy asked.

“50 cents,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled a handful of change out of his pocket and studied number of coins in his collection of coins.

“How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table, and the waitress was getting a bit impatient.

“35 cents,” she said brusquely.

The little boy again counted the coins, then said, “I will have the plain ice cream.”

A Dish of Ice Cream

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the counter and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed.

When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw.

There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, was 15 cents – her tip.

Moral of the Inspirational Story – A Dish of Ice Cream

In a world, that continually push us to get all we can, so often it’s important to be reminded of the power of generosity. The little boy had had enough for a sundae ice cream, but he had ordered plain ice cream so he could leave a tip for the waitress. The same waitress, who was a bit rude to him. But her behavior did not affect the little boy’s kind heart. He left the tip for her.  Small acts of kindness must be done whenever possible in life.

Another strong message, the story communicates is – Do not judge the book by its cover! The waitress got impatient and was a bit rude due to the delay, when boy was calculating the coins. No matter what the situation is, always treat others as you would want to be treated. At times, we pass judgement on others too quickly by what we see on the surface. We should never judge a person, till we do not know the reason behind his/her behavior.

The story also remind to spread happiness, wherever you go. Happiness when shared is doubled! By doing this you not only make others happy, but also feel happy yourself.

Want to read More Inspirational Stories?

  1. The Black Balloon (Inspirational Story # 21)
  2. The Retiring Carpenter (Inspirational Story # 16)
  3. Self Appraisal (Inspirational Story # 8)
  4. The Starfish Story (Inspirational Story # 4)
  5. Is the Jar of your time Full ? (Inspirational Story # 3)

So that’s all from my side in this post. Over to you now, I and Invajy readers would love to hear your thoughts and learning from this inspirational story – A Dish of Ice Cream. Please feel free to share them in comments section.

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