The Obstacle in our Path
There once was a very wealthy and curious king. This
king had a huge boulder placed in the middle of a road.
Then he hid nearby to see if anyone would try to remove
the gigantic rock from the road.
The first people to pass by were some of the king’s
wealthiest merchants and courtiers. Rather than moving
it, they simply walked around it. A few loudly blamed
the King for not maintaining the roads. Not one of them
tried to move the boulder.
Finally, a peasant came along. His arms were full of
vegetables. When he got near the boulder, rather than
simply walking around it as the others had, the peasant
put down his load and tried to move the stone to the
side of the road. It took a lot of effort but he finally
The peasant gathered up his load and was ready to go on
his way when he say a purse lying in the road where the
boulder had been. The peasant opened the purse. The
purse was stuffed full of gold coins and a note from the
king. The king’s note said the purse’s gold was a reward
for moving the boulder from the road.
The king showed the peasant what many of us never
understand: every obstacle presents an opportunity to
improve our condition.