Boulders of Life Potential

Pushing a boulder up the hillMax opened his eyes. He looked around and he saw he was in a deep valley. There were boulders around, and people carrying boulders up the sides of the valley. Max spoke to one of the people nearby. She explained that these boulders are your potential lives. You can pick and choose a boulder to take up out of the valley to live your life. Max walked around looking at the boulders. They were of varying sizes. He thought to himself that it must be easier to get out of the valley with the smaller boulder. He went out to see the other people. Throughout the day he watched and conversed with the people. He learned that even with the smallest boulders few ever get out or leave the valley. And something else he noticed. Everyone chose the smallest boulders. He asked them, why do you choose the smallest boulders. They said in response, “you know why, just ask your mind.” And they were right because he previously thought that it was easier to carry one of the smaller boulders. Yet despite that it was easy to take one of the smaller boulders, few ever succeeded in reaching the top.

Max looked at this situation. Well, what if my thoughts were wrong? Maybe I shouldn’t be taking the smallest boulders. That is when Max saw inscriptions or writings on the boulders themselves. He hadn’t seen this before, and when he showed them to the others, they couldn’t see them. Max knew what the inscriptions said, even before he read them. He knew he had to take the largest boulder out of the valley.

This is where our story ends, because in knowing Max’s decision, we know the ending/result. Whether Max succeeded or failed didn’t matter, because he would try again. He kept trying until he succeeded. Because he knew he was doing something of value. He didn’t simply accept his first thought or reaction, but he dared to question and look at what is here, and his real options. And it wasn’t the boulder that gave him a better life. It was himself, in building his strength, resolve and perseverance. When he left the valley, he was the strongest of them all, and he used that strength of who he is, to create the best life, not only for himself, but for others as well. The largest boulder said: Do What Is Best For All.

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