"Life is not a bed of roses...", we hear this often and we all have seen the truth in this saying, being aware that there will always be obstacles and challenges confronting us daily. In facing difficulties, a person always has two choices available to him - to overcome or to succumb. The following story teaches us a very important lesson about what our attitude should be in facing obstacles 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 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.
There are people who don't even bother to try to move what seems to be an "immovable" rock blocking their way... they just complain, give up and walk away, oftentimes missing an opportunity to grow, learn and become better. And there are those few admirable people who are willing to muster up all of their meager strength to overcome what seems to be insurmountable in the eyes of many, and with that strong will to overcome, they rise above the obstacle and get rewarded unexpectedly in ways that are more than what they have ever dreamed or imagined.
Should challenges and obstacles arise in the coming days, may we all be reminded of the wonderful example the peasant has shown us.
Be of good cheer...have a great week ahead!