The Persevering Puppy Fable
A story about taking a leap of faith
and believing in yourself
Patrick, the Great Dane puppy, was a bundle of energy. It
puzzled him to no end that he couldn’t jump across the
stream. Then, one day, he made an amazing discovery…
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The Persevering Puppy
Jumping across the stream at lunchtime was a favorite pastime of
Patrick's older brothers. They weren’t fully grown yet, but they were
still able to stretch their legs and make it across.
On many occasions, Patrick attempted to jump across, but landed
in the stream with a splash. Whenever he came out with his head
down, his mom would say, "Don’t worry Patrick. I know you want to
jump like your brothers, but maybe it's a little too soon."
Patrick felt sad but kept his mother's advice in mind. He landed in
the stream each time he jumped, but didn’t lose faith that his time
would eventually come.
One day, Patrick sat by the bank as his brothers happily jumped
across the stream. As he watched, he started to wonder why he was
unable to do what his brothers did. He looked at himself and
realized that his legs were a wee bit shorter than his brothers' legs.
"That's the reason," he exclaimed. "I just haven’t grown to their size
Patrick skipped around with excitement after discovering that his
height was the only thing holding him back. He knew his legs would
eventually grow much longer.
Two weeks later, Patrick woke up at sunrise. "There's something
different about me today," he exclaimed. "I think today is my day to
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do something amazing!" He ran down to the stream. Without a
second thought, he jumped and landed squarely on the other side.
"I did it! I did it, mom," he screamed. His mother had come outside
just in time to see him accomplish the feat. He was filled with pride,
not just because he did it, but also because he persevered.
Moral: Believe in yourself and
keep moving forward toward
your goals, despite your current
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The Persevering Puppy
The sky was the limit for Patrick. Although not being able to jump
to the other side of the stream made him sad at times, he was
committed to persevering. Thanks to his mother's advice, he
continued to believe that his time would eventually come.
Think back to a time in your life when it seemed like everyone
around you was doing well. When you compared their
circumstances to your own, you felt cheated because your life
wasn’t at the same stage as theirs. But look at you now!
There’s no greater joy than experiencing success after
perseverance. Knowing that you didn’t give up makes the victory
so much sweeter.
There isn’t a guarantee in life that you'll achieve what you want at
the time you want it. But luckily, hard work produces satisfying
results. Be patient. Use your drive and motivation to keep working
towards your goals.
In the meantime, enjoy what life has to offer you today. Be at
peace with your circumstances and give thanks for what you’ve
achieved. One of the shortest routes to where you want to go is to
be happy with where you are today. Gratitude brings benefits of
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1. When have I felt like giving up because I was unable to
achieve my goals by a certain time?
2. How can I ensure that I am grateful for life's small blessings?
3. Why is it important to seek advice from friends and family
members during difficult times?
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