Sunday Inspiration: The story of the stonecutter

Once upon a time there lived a stone cutter.

All day long he worked hard, cutting hard stone and shaping it. His hands were hard and his clothes were dirty it was hard work and he was poor, fed up and tired. One day he went out to work on a big stone. It was very hard to work as the sun was very hot.He soon sat down in the shade and soon fell asleep.

After sometime, he woke up to saw a long procession of people. There were many soldiers and attendants and in the middle, riding in his beautiful carriage was a King. How happy I would be if I were the king instead of a poor stone cutter he thought. Just then a strange thing happened. The stone cutter found himself dressed in silk with soft hands and a carriage beneath him.

,How easy it is to be a king, these people are here to serve me he thought. It was hot in the carriage and the journey to the palace was long. As the afternoon wore on, the sun grew hotter, and the king became more and more uncomfortable How powerful the sun is, thought the stone cutter I would rather be the sun than a king .

At once, he became the sun ,shining down on the earth but he found it tough being the sun too..He shone too strongly and burned up the fields with his rays and turned the ocean into vapour and formed a great cloud No matter how hard he shone, he could not see through the clouds. Clouds are more powerful than sun said the stone cutter, I would rather be a cloud

Suddenly he found himself turned into a big dark cloud. He started using his new power. He poured rain down on the fields and caused floods. All the trees and houses were swept away but a big rock , which once he had been cutting when he was a stone cutter was unmoved and unchanged. Why that rock is more powerful than the rain cloud said the stone cutter. Only a stone cutter could change the rock by his skill. How I wish I were a stonecutter.

No sooner he said the words that he found himself sitting on a stone with hard and rough hands. He picked up his tools and set to work on the big rock

Now he was happy.


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