THE KING’S HIGHWAY
Once upon a time, a king had a great highway built for the people who lived
in his kingdom. After it was completed, but before it was opened to the
public, the king decided to have a contest. He invited as many of his
subjects as desired to participate. The challenge was to see who could
travel the highway the best, and the winner was to receive a box of gold.
On the day of the contest, all the people came. Some of them had fine
chariots, some had fine clothing and fancy food to make the trip a luxurious
journey. Some wore their sturdiest shoes and ran along the highway on their
feet to show their skill. All day they traveled the highway, and each one,
when he arrived at the end, complained to the king about a large pile of
rocks and debris that had been left almost blocking the road at one point,
and that got in their way and hindered their travel.
At the end of the day, a lone traveler crossed the finish line warily and
walked over to the king. He was tired and dirty, but he addressed the king
with great respect and handed him a small chest of gold. He said, “I stopped
along the way to clear a pile of rocks and debris that was blocking the
road. This chest of gold was under it all. Please have it returned to its
The king replied, “You are the rightful owner.”
“Oh no,” said the traveler, “This is not mine. I’ve never known such money.”
“Oh yes,” said the king, “you’ve earned this gold, for you won my contest..
He who travels the road best is he who makes the road better for those who
Remember those words of wisdom as you travel the road of life!
— Author Unknown