The King’s Road Block
July 29, 2009
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I had the following story through on email today and felt compelled to post it.
The King’s Road Block By: Author unknown.
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 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. The peasant learned what many others never understand: Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one’s condition once you make the effort.
I resigned from my job today and it wasn’t until I came home this evening and read this story again that I realised that for so long I have walked around the rock blaming “the king” in hope that the rock would somehow move without my involvement! Today I moved it myself and I feel such a sense of relief, which confirms I have made the right decision.
A new chapter is about to open on my journey and I am embracing it with open arms.