Obstacles in Your Path?

The Obstacle in Our Path

In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.

Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.

Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the big stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road.

After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many others never understand. Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one’s condition.

I recently came across this story and just had to share it with you.  What a BIG message it is saying.

Think about the obstacles you face each day.  Overcoming obstacles is a part of life.  Overcoming obstacles can bring you happiness and wealth …

Are you the type of person that just ignores them … walks around them hoping they will magically disappear?

Are you the type of the person that finds somebody or something to blame obstacles on?  After all why should it be your responsibility?

Or are you the peasant?  You see an obstacle.  You do everything in your power to move it – to change it.  And not necessarily for personal gain.  You just know life will be better for you and for others by moving it.

The peasants are the ones that win.  They ultimately find success in whatever they do.  Why?

  1. They pull up their sleeves and get to work when they see a job that needs to be done
  2. They are not afraid of hard work
  3. They are persistent!  They refuse to give up.

Let me know what what you think of this story and what it means to you.


  1. xXHopeXx says

    Ive actually been in a situation like this for some time now. Usually Im on top of things like this & overcome them almost immediately but this current situation has really beat me down & involves other people. Ive be very reluctant to believe its possible for me to move this boulder in my life. Its a very very huge one… The people involved in my situation remind me of the people in your story who just passed by this boulder.. So to me for the past year its made me to believe moving this boulder would not matter anyway because it seems they do not care however as I get through this situation more Im finding that I DO care about this obstacle in my path… I want to move & go forward but Im still very hesitant to go forward…

    Ive tried several times… These people are my main obstacles… I know Im so close to getting where I want to be but Im drained… & these people give out negative words.. Only now have I finally got to a better mindset that Im going to have to believe in myself & be positive with myself if the voice is only mine that I am hearing…

    So you think I should try again?!?

  2. Cindy says

    Most definitely you should try again! As long as you are not trying to change the other people. You can not change anyone but yourself. You can not change other peoples thoughts and feelings. It is YOUR choice to be with these people or not. My favorite quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your permission”. by Eleanor Roosevelt. The only way a person can be your obstacle is if you let them. Don’t let their words or actions define you. Define yourself, take time for yourself, meditate and the answer will come to you. There is a way around every boulder in our life! Keep me posted …. you can use our contact form to contact me. YOU CAN DO IT!!!! Remember every action that you make – is your choice. Every word that you say – is your choice.