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The King’s Highway.

Once upon a time, a king had a great long 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 in the very best way, and the winner was to receive a chest 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 travelled along 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. They all complained that these rocks and rubbish had got in their way and hindered their travel, so how could they travel the highway in their very best way?

But at the end of the day, a lone traveler crossed the finish line tired, dirty and thirsty. He warily walked over to the king and addressed him with great respect and handed him a small chest of gold that he had found. He said, "I stopped along the way to clear a pile of rocks and debris that was blocking the road at one point. This chest of gold was under it all. Please have it returned to its rightful owner."

The king replied, "You are the rightful owner."
"Oh no," said the traveler, "This is not mine. I've never owned such treasure. It can not be mine."
"Oh yes," said the king, "you've earned this chest of gold, for you have just won my contest....
For he who travels the road best is the one who makes the road better for those who will follow."

Remember those words of wisdom as you travel the road of life!

Author Unknown.




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