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The Obstacles in Our Path

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There is a Zen Story about a King who had a large rock placed in the middle of a roadway. This completely blocked entry to the city .His plan was to see who would take initiative to remove it. Will those people who use the road get discouraged, quit and turn away.
He hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. He watched people coming to this roadblock and then turning away .Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the rock, he did not turn away .Instead he tried and tried to push it out of the way. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded in dislodging and pushing it away out of the way .

After dislodging the rock, the peasant noticed a purse lying there .The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the rock from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many of us never understand: Lesson learnt is "Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition."

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