Tiny House|خانه کوچک

“7th story”

First published: Sep.28.2017

Once upon a time, there was a poor man living in a tiny house with his wife and five children. The house was so small that it only had one room which they used as their kitchen, living room, and bedroom.


In his very small yard, he had a cow, a goat, and a few chickens. Their living space was putting them under pressure; it was very hard to sleep at night with all seven of them in one room, making them complain each and every night.

One day he decided to go to their village’s wise man and asks him what to do.


The wise man listened to his situation and told him: “Take the chickens to your room tonight to sleep with all of you.” The poor man said: “But we already don’t have enough space for ourselves.”

The wise man said: “If you want your problem to be solved, do as I tell you.”

That night, the poor man took the chickens inside.


The poor man and his family didn’t get a single minute of sleep that night. He went to the wise man again the next day and told him all about their difficult night.

The wise man said: “Tonight, you should take the goat and the chickens in your room.”


The poor man left angrily but did what he was told. That night was a nightmare as well, so he went to the wise man the next morning.

The wise man said: “Tonight, your cow is coming to your room as well as the goat and chickens.”


The poor man mumbled and left. That tiny room didn’t have enough space to fit the cow so everyone was standing side by side until the morning.

The next day the wise man said: “Tonight, take all of your animals outside and sleep, come to me tomorrow and let me know what happened.”

The poor man and his family slept comfortably all night without any problems. The next morning he went to the wise man and said that he never had such a wonderful sleep in years.

The wise man said: “This is exactly how we are. When we have something, we don’t appreciate it. If we lose it then we realize how precious it was. We need to be patient and thankful for what we have.”


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  1. I love this Laleh, You brought a smile to my face 🙂

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  2. Great fable !

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  3. What a well written story about patients and appreciations.☺

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  4. A lovely fable – thanks for sharing 🙂

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  5. Nice version of one of my favourite stories. Will follow, thanks for following mine.

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  6. So very true! These words of wisdom should be engraved on our hearts.

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  7. Well said. Thanks laleh

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  8. Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    I love tales like this one from Laleh in Iran 😉

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  9. This was such a good story with a valuable lesson.

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  10. This is a wonderful story. I really enjoyed it. Thank you.

    minor edit: “man and [ask] him”
    Also, if you introduce dialogue with a verb (e.g., said), a comma should follow the verb, not a colon.

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  11. Thanks for linking up to my short story contest.

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  12. Very nice. Things and experiences are relative. Something is bad in comparison of something good. Darkness is the zone of minimum light, but the light is still there. Your story explains this idea so well.

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  13. Brilliant parable. Well done.

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  14. Hi Laleh: I enjoyed this story very much and I also re-blogged it, it has a great lesson!Thank you!

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  15. Hi, Laleh. Nice to meet someone from Iran, and to see this old proverb too.
    Thanks for following my blog, which is much appreciated.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  16. What a beautiful cow. Great story.

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  17. Amazing story, dear Laleh! Nice to e-meet you! 🙂
    Best regards,

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  18. Excellent story, sending a great message.

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  19. It is a great post with a great message! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Reblogged this on huggers.ca and commented:
    excellent story

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  21. So much to appreciate when we realize the alternative situations “could be much worse!!” Thanks again for a lesson within a great story, Laleh. ❤️

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  22. Now that is a message to be shouted out loud!

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  23. Did not see where that was going. Gratitude is so important. Thank you for the reminder.

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  24. Lovely read – enjoyed that. I’m an optimistic person but we are humans are inherent with not appreciating what we have forsaking our luck at what we ‘don’t have’. Thanks.

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  25. I love reading these. Thank you.

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  26. So true. Being grateful for what we have is a sure way to an abundant life

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  27. A very disturbing story of the way in which the “wise men” in our society maintain the poor in poverty. While they guard the wealth for themselves, they say: “Be contented with your lot. It could be much worse.”

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  28. rocked to your roll
    but life has indeed taken
    somewhat of a toll!

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  29. 🙂 I’m glad there are no chickens in the house today! Something I hadn’t thought of earlier!

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  30. Laleh this is a wonderful life lesson. The wiseman was clever. It is important to appreciate what we do have they had a house to sleep. Bringing the farm animals in shifted focus. They had shelter. He soon realized it was bigger and quieter then he thought when they got a good nights rest.

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  31. A very wise and profound story. Thank you.

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  32. Wow what a wise story

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  33. Certainly a tough advise from the wise man, but gratitude and appreciation wins over complaining.

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  34. Thankful for everything indeed! Don’t sweat the small stuff, and try not to lose sight… of the little things! Blessings!

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  35. Love the story. Beautiful. And thank you for visiting me 🤗🌹

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  36. The wise man was right in one thing: we don’t appreciate what we have, we can’t enjoy having things, we just want them to have more and more. And we will never satisfy saturation with purchases, newer models are produced. Science through wisdom goes best to people.

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  37. A beautiful story, Laleh! I remember this one from my childhood; it was telecasted on television. Great Post!

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  38. There is a kind and gentle wisdom in your beautiful stories.

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  39. Love the poor/wise man story, Laleh. Very much! 🍸

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