Once there was a king who was annoyed by laziness of the people in his kingdom. He said, "Bad luck only comes to the lazy and careless, but the busy workers will be rewarded." One night he put a large stone in the middle of the road near his palace and watched to see what people will do. Early next morning, an old farmer came along with his wagon loaded with wheat. "Oh those lazy people," he cried as he steered the, pulling his wagon to one side, to avoid the stone in the road. "There is this big stone in the middle of the road and nobody will take the trouble to move it," he said as he went on his way, leaving the stone where it lay. Next came a soldier singing a song as he walked along. He held his head high as he walked along and did not see the stone. He stumbled over it and fell flat on his face. "Silly fools" he remarked, "to leave a stone in the middle of the road." Then he passed on leaving the stone where it lay. A little later, six merchants came riding along with their goods packed on their horses. They were on their way to a village market to sell their goods. "Have you ever seen anything like it?" They said as they guided their horse around the stone in the road. "Fancy leaving a stone that big in the middle of the road. What a lazy lot of people must live here!" They added as they passed on, leaving the stone where it lay. And so the stone lay there and everyone who passed it, left it for someone else to move. After three weeks, the king sent word that everyone was to meet on a certain day, near his palace, as he had an announcement to make. The day came and a great crowd of people gathered near the palace. The farmer was there, so was a soldier and the six merchants. The sounding of a horn heralded the arrival of the king, who rode up to the stone. After getting off his horse he said, "It was I who put the stone here. It has been seen by everyone for you, and yet everyone has left it just where it was and scolded others for not moving it out of the way."Then the king stooped down and rolled the stone over. Underneath was a round hole containing a small iron box. The king held it up so that all could see what was written on the box. It said, "For whoever lifts the stone." The king opened the box and took out a beautiful gold ring and fifty gold coins. Then, and only then, did everyone wish that they had thought of moving the stone, instead of going around it and blaming someone else.