“The Stonecutter”

“The Stonecutter”

Old Chinese story

There was once a stonecutter, who was dissatisfied with himself and his position in life.


One day he passed a wealthy merchant’s house.


The gateway was open, so he looked through it:


He saw many fine possessions… lots of fancy bling… and a whole bunch of high-profile folks visiting.


“Man, that merchant is powerful!” he thought…


And he became very envious – thinking:


“If I’d be more like that merchant, I wouldn’t have to live this life of a lowly stonecutter anymore…”

And then, all of a sudden, the craziest thing happened: 

As if by magic, he suddenly became the merchant…


… enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever
dreamed of.


Now those less wealthy than himself envied and detested him


But then a high official passed by…


… carried in a sedan chair… accompanied by attendants,
and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. 


No matter how wealthy, everyone had to bow low before
the procession.


“Man, that official is powerful!” he


“I wish I could be a high official.”


     And lo and behold:


As if by magic, he became the official… 

… carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair…
feared and hated by people all around, all of whom had to bow down before him
as he passed. 


But it was a hot summer day, and he started to feel very
uncomfortable in that sticky sedan chair…


He looked up at the sun, shining proudly in the sky –
unaffected by his presence.


“Man, that sun is powerful!” he thought…


“I wish I could be the sun!”


     And lo and behold:


As if by magic, he became the sun…


… shining fiercely down on everyone… scorching the
fields… cursed by the farmers and laborers.


But then a huge black storm cloud moved between him and the
earth, so that his light could no longer shine on everything below.

“Man, that storm cloud is powerful!” he


“I wish I could be a cloud!”


     And lo and behold:


As if by magic, he became the cloud…


… flooding the fields and villages with rain… shouted at
by everyone.


But he soon found that some great force pushed him away,
which he realized was the wind.


“Man, that wind is powerful!” he thought…


“I wish I could be the wind!”


And he became the wind…


… blowing tiles of the roofs of houses… uprooting
trees… hated and feared by all below him.


But after a while, he ran up against some-thing that refused
to move… no matter how forcefully he blew against it:

It was a huge, towering rock.


“Man, that rock is powerful!” he thought…


“I wish I could be a rock.”


And he became the rock…


… more robust and powerful than anything else on


But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer
pounding a chisel into his solid stone, and felt himself being changed.


“Man,” he thought…


“What could possibly be more powerful than me…
such a big, fierce, heavy rock?”


He looked down and saw far below him the figure of…


a stonecutter


** The point? **



You may not realize it – but chances are you already
have everything you need
to create and enjoy the life you really want.


No need to add anything, or make any big changes to


You just need to know how to let it all come out, and
allow your dreams and desires to naturally emerge – without
having to force it.


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