5 Heart-Warming Stories Of Love, Courage and Inspiration

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5 Stories To Inspire You

5 Stories To Inspire You

Stories have the ability to color our thoughts, inform our decision-making and shape our experience.

It really doesn’t matter whether it is an allegory, a short story or a tall tale.
Like great quotations, stories serve many purposes:

  • fill us with hope
  • gladden our hearts
  • imbue us with the best in human behavior
  • remind us of important truths
  • renew our faith in the human spirit to triumph
  • teach us to be better

How Great Leaders and Stories Are Connected

Have you ever noticed the connection between why writers write and great leaders lead?
Stories serve the same reasons, in that they:

  • incite us to take up a cause of action
  • induce us to consider new possibilities
  • ignite our passion
  • impress our thinking
  • influence our behavior and shape our character
  • inform us. Ray Bradbury said, “I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.
  • inspire us to have hope, to never give up, to dream, to be better, and to be more than we are
  • instigate changes in our lives
  • instruct us how to be successful, and show us what pitfalls to avoid

Many people resonate with the enduring power of stories that provide a deep source of inspiration.
They speak most deeply to our hearts, and are great tools for conveying important life lessons, imparting life truths, and distilling principles of conduct.

Whether it is The Fox and the Hound, or Pilrim’s Progress, we learn best from the position of objective observer.

Told well, they hold our attention captive, and suspend time as we give our focus permission to travel.
Stories also give us the direct benefit of vicarious life experience.

In many countries, stories are passed down orally, from one generation to another, to retain their cultural identity.

With the advent of e-books, and applications like Kindle, there are no shortage of stories to enthrall us.
One of my favorite places is the Internet Archive . In addition to archiving all the classic stories of various libraries, they also have audio, video and live music.

5 Heart-Warming Stories of Love, Courage and Inspiration

1. This is one of those stories that serves to remind us of the power of our words.

It’s not so much what is being said as HOW it is being communicated that makes all the difference.

2. Many “reality” TV shows are based more on entertainment value than for the lessons they can teach us about life. But there are a few that consistently elevate the human spirit. One such show is Undercover Boss.

Watch how the CEO of 7-11 rewards a hard-working, dedicated delivery driver for his efforts.

Wasn’t that inspiring? Igor’s energetic, enthusiastic, positive outlook on life and his motivation inspired by gratitude makes him a winner in life.

He also informed his boss, “You don’t know how blessed you are.” … something that many people take for granted.

3. Ellen DeGeneris is consistently generous and, like Oprah, does many things to make dreams come true for people. This is just one of countless inspiring stories. Watch what happens to Jessica Gerren, who thought she was on set for a television taping.

Doesn’t it thrill you to see such stories?
4. In under two minutes, you can observe 10 moments that will restore your faith in humanity.

You see, it’s not always about winning. Sometimes it’s just the simplest things that make the biggest difference. It helps to remember that there is real, honest good in this world.
5. Another such program on TV is “Secret Millionaire.” These stories always have a feel-good ending.
One of my favorite stories is Hilary DeCesare, CEO of Everloop, meeting Jonas Corona, now 9 years old, who at 6 years old, began his own organization Love In The Mirror that helps homeless people.

Have no regrets and make every moment count. It’s not about what you have, it about who you have in your life.

The reason I love this story is because I know that, together, we can all make a difference.

I think the greatest stories of all will be the rich legacies that we will leave to future generations.

Have Your Say…

Have any of these stories inspired you to think differently or to be better?
What are your favorite kind of stories? What do you resonate with?

Please let me know by contributing your thoughts here. Thank you kindly!

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About Bill Butler
William A. Butler is a John C.Maxwell certified coach. He loves to add value to others and aspiring to be a great humanitarian, lives by four words: BE LOVE TO OTHERS. William often goes by "Bill" and is a poet, a songwriter and has an upcoming novel.

29 thoughts on “5 Heart-Warming Stories Of Love, Courage and Inspiration

  1. Hello William,

    I can immediately connect to those stories you’ve shared here…however, what has caught my attention in the entry of yours is Ray Bradbury’s quote.

    Will, you see, when undue premium is placed on formal education, I’m seriously bothered…you can learn whatever you want on your own if you’ve got the materials and the guts. Bradbury’s quote has clearly put that to rest.

    Thanks for sharing these stories and do have a super charged day!

    – Terungwa
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    • Hello Akaahan,

      You’re very welcome. 🙂 I’m glad you resonate with these stories. I find myself in this head-space
      much of the time, thinking about acts of kindness and generosity, making a difference for those in need.
      I know from personal experience that suffering has taught me a deep level of compassion, and I desire
      the best for all.

      I believe one can never have enough education. We can continue to learn and grow simply from taking a deep
      interest in a subject. With enough experience in a given area, there really can be no equating the wisdom
      gleaned in terms of a degree or a title conferred.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your well wishes. Much appreciated!

      May your weight of your blessings be your heaviest burden!

  2. Hi Bill,
    Wow! Thank you for sharing these incredible videos. A great stuff to watch and feel human on the first morning of the week.

    I had seen the first and the second video but the other videos are absolutely amazing as well. My favorite is the first one, “The power of words” because that is our story, that is within our power. By using our choices of words in spoken and written language, we can really help somebody, heal somebody, empower somebody and show somebody that we care.

    Thank you for sharing this incredible post today. Truly wonderful!

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    • Hi Kumar,

      You’re very welcome, my friend. I was equally inspired by your account of the Little Master.
      I love to start every day with prayer, meditation, and a healthy dose of inspiration!

      What I love about the first video is the thoughtfulness of the lady, who knows the power of
      connection through knowing HOW to communicate. We so often take words for granted. Just a little
      more care and attention to them can make all the difference.

      Have a tremendous week!

  3. Hi Bill!

    I have to say man, this is only the second article I’ve read from you, but I continue to be impressed. I have to give you props for your writing ability. Your writing is not only inspiring, but also beautifully written. Keep the stuff coming!


    Josh May

    • Thank you very much Josh. I really appreciate the encouragement. I love to help as many people
      as I can, and hopefully these stories inspire plenty of people.

      I’m looking at your Email address. I’m a lefty too. 🙂

      All the best!

  4. Hey Bill,

    Oh wow, wonderful examples of fabulous stories. I’ve seen all of them but the one on Ellen and our faith in humanity. I cried watching Ellen bring her husband home and I smiled knowing that there are still selfless people in this world eager to help others.

    I truly am blessed Bill that I live the life I do and I can’t even comprehend what others must go through. It breaks my heart to see someone hurt or in need. I wish we could save everyone from any harm whatsoever but knowing there are people out there doing their best to do just that makes my heart sing.

    I loved all of these Bill, thank you so much for sharing them. Wonderful way to start this week.


    • Hi Adrienne,

      You’re very welcome. Thank you for stopping by once again and taking time to comment. I really appreciate you.
      Yes, it thrills my heart too, to see such good being done, and those who never tire of doing all they can to make
      a real difference. These are the very things I resonate deeply with. Thank you for all you do for others Adrienne.

      I’m glad these stories set the framework for a great week ahead. Now I’m going to comment on those videos! 🙂

  5. Hi Bill,

    Great writing and stories. You have the ability to take small stories and make a wonderful larger story. Thank you for always listening to the Holy Spirit to know what others need and then sharing it. This process makes my shoes seem less weighty when the stories of others slip the shoes of another on me. Thank you brother!

    Daniel Evans

    • Hi Danny,

      Thank you very much for your kind words of encouragement. I think it incumbent on every one of us to pay
      close attention to God and to acknowledge that, without His gifts of grace, mercy and life itself, we have
      nothing of value to contribute. I’m very grateful for the day our shoes crossed paths. 🙂

      May blessings flow wherever you go!

  6. OK Bill…

    Chills up my spine and tears in my eyes from these videos. Now that’s a good story!

    I’ve seen some of them, but not Ellen’s. That’s when I broke down into tears!

    How wonderful one thing we can do can change a person’s life. With this mindset, the world can be such a better place.

    I pray a lot, mostly thankful prayers each day. I ask God to guide me along my day and help me acknowledge those around me that I encounter that I can be of service to them. When living this way, the blinders are off, and there are so many random acts of kindness I can do in a day.

    I believe the reason for me to be on this planet is to love. It’s simple! So is giving. Once blinders are off, and we are of the mindset of our purpose, we can connect with so many. It can be as simple as opening a door for someone, or listening to a stranger.

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful videos. I am sure that your visitors will get the message you have shared.


    • Donna,

      You are very welcome, my friend! Your words are music to my ears… that your heart’s intention and your purpose
      in life is to BE LOVE TO OTHERS! I always say… “When you know your WHY, you know your WAY.”

      I love the meditations of your heart. Mine beats to the very same drum. We are most like God when we reflect love.
      BEING love to others is simpler than some people think. It’s a state of being, and everything you do comes from
      this sacred place within.

      Thank you, Donna, for being an inspiration to all those you help (even if many don’t know it’s you) and for
      encouraging me.

      May God bless you everywhere you turn, and in unexpected ways!


  7. Wow, thank you for sharing those, Bill.

    I watched them all, and cried a lot.

    So heart warming to see good people doing good things.

    • Hi Sylviane,

      You’re certainly welcome. It is hard not to get choked up about these, isn’t it?
      Thanks for telling me how seeing these videos affected you. Did you get the electronic Kleenex? 😉

      I know those are very likely happy tears, because these are the kinds of things that restore
      our faith in humanity. I always say, “Look for the best in others, and surely you will find it.”

      That’s what I think about all the time. Many people give without any recognition whatsoever.
      So, for all the unsung heroes out there too, I salute you!

      Have a great day!

  8. Hi Bill

    These are amazing videos thank you. I had seen some of them before but not all. There is so much rubbish that people watch and they could be watching these heart warming videos.

    There is still good in the world. There are a lot of kind people and people who care. Unfortunately popular media show the bad side. It is great to see blogger like you sharing the good.

    Thanks BIll

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    • Hi Sue,

      You’re very welcome. Thank you Sue for your encouragement. I agree with you. The higher quality content that people
      can be partaking of, as opposed to some of the “less meaningful” material out there, is a much healthier choice.

      I’m a pragmatist… I know the realities of the world. But, I also believe in staying focused on what good there
      can be, and what yet needs to be done to bring more health, happiness and peace to the world.

      All the best!

  9. Hello Mr. Bill

    Oh my God, my heart is skipping beats and crying at the same time.
    What a wonderful post to inspire anyone and everyone.
    My first thoughts when I wake up is Thank you God for another day.

    I teach the people in my assembly that we should find treasures in every day, by loving people, giving someone a hug or feeding the homeless.
    H.O.P.E. (helping other people excel) is a non-profit organization that I started a year ago. We currently are helping East Elementary
    School with backpacks, belts, school supplies and this coming Saturday we will be giving our turkeys and all the trimming for those that are in need. We currently have a food pantry where people can come and get food.
    It is so important to hear stories like you have shared with us, but we need to activate love,by doing.

    Thank you so much.
    You are such an inspiration. May God continue to pour out his bountifulness to you.


    • Hello Gladys,

      You are so welcome! Nice to see you here again. Remember my offer is still there whenever you’re ready, okay?

      I love your wonderful spirit of godliness and generosity. Can there ever be enough said for those
      on the front lines of serving humanity? I think not. But, suffice it to say, form my heart to yours… THANK YOU!!

      I’m sure if there were hidden cameras following you around, you would be featured in a few pay-it-forward or
      random-acts-of-kindness pages. Thank you very much for your kind words of blessing. I receive them.

      May you always be inspired to stay strong.

  10. Hi Bill, thanks for sharing!

    Reflectively, I can relate with your thoughts hereby: “In many countries, stories are passed down orally, from one generation to another, to retain their cultural identity.”

    Besides, I’m greatly inspired and encouraged in all dimensions of hopefulness and determination in desiring to be better as a person and do more more towards human value-contributions.

    This post and the shared videos-stories convey diverse messages for a personal wake-up call for more purposeful and passionate driven goals and objectives!

    • Hi Ime,

      Bless your heart, my friend. God knows the good work you’re doing!

      Yes, we all need a reminder that there is always more to be done in the causes for good.
      If all the humanitarian and heartfelt stories were put in one place, they would likely need room on another planet.

      I appreciate you! Keep on keeping on!


  11. Hey Bill,

    Really, really great stories. I love the How to Restore Your Faith in Humanity clip. Those stories always touch my heart. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

    Made me cry! But loved it!

    • Hey Barbara 🙂

      Glad you like the stories, and you’re very welcome. They always get to me too. I always root for the underdogs of the world.
      I hope to serve better those I’m striving for, and this is one way to contribute.

      Thanks for taking time to share your thoughts.

      ~ Bill

  12. Hi, Bill

    Great stories! I should admit, starting to watch them I was a bit skeptical, but I changed my mind. Stories are a great material for inspiration and motivation and I believe they can make a difference. Thanks for sharing 😉

    • Hi Aistis,

      You’re very welcome. 🙂

      I think stories, from every culture around the world, have the ability to encourage, enlighten and enthuse.
      I find it interesting that you were initially skeptical. What about? And what changed that skepticism?

      Kind Regards,

  13. Those are some touching stories. I really like the one of the blind guy. It is amazing how we can change the meaning by changing our words.

    I believe in humanity although, it falls short sometimes. I worked in a prison filled with young men who made a mistake.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Michael Belk recently posted…Young kids, hard time. (video)My Profile

    • Greetings Michael,

      Nice to have you along and share your thoughts. Yes, it is amazing, how just the simple re-framing of words
      can make such a difference. Yes, I understand completely. I worked in a Police Dept. for nearly 32 years and
      yes, people fall short and make all kinds of poor choices and bad mistakes, but I still prefer to look for the
      best in others. Therein lies our hope. Each of us can make a difference, and the biggest for starters is to be

      Happy Thanksgiving Michael. I wish you all the best.

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