In ancient times, a king
had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if
anyone would remove the huge rock.
Some of the king’s
wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.
loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything
about getting the big stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying
a load of vegetables. On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his
burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing
and straining, he finally succeeded.
As the peasant picked up
his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder
has been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king
indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the
roadway. The peasant learned what many others never understand.
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one’s condition.