In ancient times, a king had a heavy boulder placed in the middle of a busy roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.
Some of the king’s wealthiest courtiers and merchants came along the road and each of them walked around the boulder. A number of them loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roadways clear, but not one did anything to improve the situation.
Then a peasant came along the road carrying a heavy load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder he laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.
The king emerged from his hiding spot and thanked the peasant for being a good citizen of the kingdom. He presented him with a sizeable bag of gold coins as a reward.
The peasant learned what many of us never realise — that every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.