By Steve Goodier
An old story tells of an unhappy and discontented stonecutter. One day
he came upon a merchant and was awe-struck by all of the marvelous
goods the man had for sale. "I wish I were a merchant," said the
stonecutter and, quite amazingly, his wish was granted.
Not long afterward he saw a parade pass his little shop. Spying a
prince dressed in splendor such as he had never before seen, he said,
"I wish I were a prince." And he became one.
But it wasn't too many days later that he stepped outside and felt the
discomfort of the hot summer sun beating down upon his head. "Even a
prince cannot stay cool in the sun," he said. "I wish I were the sun."
This wish, too, was granted.
He was happy being the sun until, one day, a cloud came between him
and the earth. "That cloud overshadows me," he said. "I wish I were a
Again, his wish was granted and he was happy until he came to a
mountain that he could not rise above. "This mountain is greater than
I," he said. "I wish I were a mountain."
As a tall and mighty mountain he looked down upon the affairs of
humans and felt that he was finally happy. But one day a stonecutter
climbed up his side and chipped away at rock and there was nothing he
could do about it. "That little man is more powerful than I," the
mountain said. "I wish I were a stonecutter."
So the circle was completed and now the stonecutter knew that he would
always be happy just being himself. He would never dress like a
prince, shine like the sun nor rise as tall as a mountain, but he was
happy to be who he was.
A sure way to unhappiness is to compare yourself to others. Like
someone aptly said, "The grass may be greener on the other side of the
fence, but it still has to be mowed." You are who you are and that is
to be celebrated.
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