‘People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.’

โ€” George Bernard Shaw

In ancient times there was a queen who ordered her soldiers to place a large boulder into the middle of the main road to and from town.

The queen then hid, watching to see who would stop to do the right thing and move the boulder out of the way.

Wealthy merchants and courtiers passed around the boulder, barely giving it a second thought. A few of them blamed the queen for not keeping the roads clear. Yet none of them stopped to do anything.

One day, a young peasant walked along with a sack of vegetables to sell at the market.

He stopped, laid the vegetables down, and then pushed, tugged, huffed, and heaved the boulder for many hours until it landed on the side of the road.

Upon picking up his vegetables, the peasant saw a large purse full of gold and a handwritten note from the queen herself where the boulder had been.

The gold was a reward for whoever removed the boulder from the road.

Zen Stories

If we want to receive the rewards of life, we must be prepared to do the work.

16 thoughts on “Perseverance

    1. So true Carrie. There is effort and commitment needed to create the necessary changes for ourselves and the collective. Thank you ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿงก

  1. Karen, Love the story and its message.
    It reminds me of an incident in 2015 at the first GOP primary debate. Not the politics but a seemingly minor event.

    The moderator of the debate asked that the audience hold their applause until all candidates were on stage. But, of course, the audience cheered all the more. It was so loud that Ben Carson was waiting to be called and didn’t hear his name and didn’t go on stage. Each and every other candidate heard their name and passed by Ben. All but one, Donald Trump. He didn’t go on stage when called and stayed with Ben as others passed by. Then they both walked on together to save Ben any embarrassment. And maybe for that act of kindness he was rewarded too. He won the Presidency.
    No one ever hears of this side of the man.

  2. This is a great story, Karen. As strange as it seems, especially in today’s busy world, doing the right thing is often viewed as difficult as we are in such a rush. But when we do the right thing, especially something simple, we realize that it didn’t take much effort, and we feel great inside because it was the right thing to do, and we should never be so busy to ignore such things. ๐Ÿ™‚

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