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The Obstacle In Our Path


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. 

After 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

The peasant learned what many of us never understand. Every obstacle
presents an opportunity to improve our condition. 


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