In the ancient old Kingdom of Siam, King Phu Bock had a boulder placed on a roadway. He then hid himself nearby and watched to see if anyone would move the boulder out of the way. In due time, many people came upon the stone in the roadway, including some of the King’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers. But no matter who it was, high-born or low, they all came upon the stone and simply walked around it.
Even so, many people loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but not one who complained did anything about moving the stone from the roadway, exclaiming “Oh, I don’t have time!” or “The stone is too large! How can I move it?”
Late in the afternoon, a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables he had spent the day gathering. Encountering the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden by the side of the road and began to push the stone out of the road. The stone was indeed large and heavy, and though he tired from working all day in his fields, but after much effort the peasant was finally successful, and the boulder was safely returned to the side of the road.
Returning to his vegetables the peasant discovered they were gone and nowhere in sight. Instead, he discovered a silk purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. Inside, the purse contained gold coins worth many times that of his vegetables and a note from the King. The note explained that the gold coins were a grateful reward for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.
What it means is this (I think):
Every obstacle we come across in life gives us a terrific opportunity to improve our lives and the lives of those around us. While many people complain and do very little, others are creating opportunities through their kind hearts, generosity, and willingness to get things done.Adapted from the storytelling abilities of my good friend, Dan Morgan
If we look at life as a series of road blocks to be navigated around, we will often find our way in the unorthodox companionship of leaders and thought-provoking conversationalists. How does the story above translate to your fitness goals? Easily.
- Pick up the boulder and move it. 2) Do nothing. You have many choices. Complain of nothing changing or be the change you wish to see.