Every obstacle is an opportunity

Long time ago there was a king who wanted to test his subjects. So the king had a boulder placed in the middle of a busy road. Then he asked his men to keep a watch, to see if anyone would remove the obstacle lying in their path.

Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many others blamed the king's administration for not keeping the roads clear but none did anything about the stone.

Then a poor farmer came along carrying a load of vegetables. He used to earn a living by selling his vegetables. He was a hardworking man and used to chant (repeat) God's name during all his activities. He used to thank God for whatever he had in life. On seeing the boulder, the farmer laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much effort, he finally succeeded. As the farmer picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying on the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king. It said that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the road. The farmer thanked God for this fortune and took the gold home.

Moral: Many times, when things go wrong, we too, tend to blame others instead of taking responsibility to improve the situation. Like the farmer, if we chant and see every obstacle as an opportunity to do the right thing, we too, will be happy and content.

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