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The King's Boulder

Updated: Jan 19, 2023



Once upon a time, a king wanted to see if there were any outstanding citizens in his country. He decided to place a boulder on a road. 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. Some people even 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 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.


Commentary:

How often do we complain about others behind their back?

How often do we complain about things without providing a solution?


We will inevitably encounter obstacles in life.

Complaining doesn't help.

Take action to do what you can do to be a part of the solution.

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