Life lesson--things are not always as they seem

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.  Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables.  Upon 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. 
When the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had 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 of us never quite understand. Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition. You never know how it will affect your life until you conquer it.


Clipped Wings said...

A very good life lesson indeed.

Desiree said...

Wonderful story...great life lesson!

KB said...

My other half always says...it's not a problem, it's an opportunity.

Marja said...

I love this story and want to add it to my collection on my blog. I will link to you.