Wednesday – 053012

The Stone Cutter

There was once a stonecutter, who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life.

One day, he passed a wealthy merchant’s house, and through the open gateway, saw many fine possessions and important visitors.  “How powerful that merchant must be!” thought the stonecutter.  He became very envious, and wished that he could be like the merchant.  Then he would no longer have to live the life of a mere stonecutter.

To his great surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever dreamed of, envied and detested by those less wealthy than himself.  But soon a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants, and escorted by solder’s beating gongs.  Everyone, no matter how wealthy, had to bow low before procession.  “How powerful that official is!” he thought.  “I wish that I could be a high official!”

Then he became the high official, carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair, feared and hated by the people all around, who had to bow down before him as he passed.  It was a hot summer day, and the official felt very uncomfortable in the sticky sedan chair.  He looked up at the sun.  It shone proudly in the sky, unaffected by his presence. “How powerful the sun is!” he thought.  “I wish that I could be the sun!”

Then he became the sun, shining fiercely down on everyone, scorching the fields, cursed by the farmers and laborers.  But a huge black cloud moved between him and the earth, so that his light could no longer shine on everything below.  “How powerful that storm cloud is!”  he thought.  “I wish that I could be a cloud!”

Then he became the cloud, flooding the fields and villages, shouted at by everyone.  But too soon he found that he was being pushed away by some great force, and realized that it was the wind.  “How powerful it is!” he thought.  “I wish that I could be the wind!”

Then he became the wind, blowing tiles off the roofs of houses, uprooting trees, hated and feared by all below him.  But after a while, he ran up against something that would not move, no matter how forcefully he blew against it – a huge towering stone.  “How powerful that stone is!” he thought.  I wish that I could be a stone!”

Then he became the stone, more powerful than anything else on earth.  But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer pounding a chisel into the solid rock, and felt himself being changed.  “What could be more powerful than I, the stone?” he thought.  He looked down and saw far below him the figure of a stonecutter.

– Chinese story, Author unknown

Simple as the story may be, it is amazing how we get caught up in wanting more then we currently have.  Maybe life would be easier if only, fill in the blank.  If I could lift more, run faster, do more push-ups, if overhead squats were easy for me etc…  It is in the journey that we are able to find our true strengths.  Be happy with where you are right now and proud of where you are going.

Today’s WOD is…

RUN 10 KM. Many firsts for our box! Since we have a beautiful 5 km run route marked out already on the dyke, we will use that and have you all run it twice. Class times will be staggered a bit differently to accommodate this WOD. The times are as follows :

11:00 am
4:00 pm
5:15 pm
6:30 pm

**If you really don’t feel the run, I will be providing other cardio options in the box. 🙂 Coach M.

The Dark Knight with top guy's time, Rochelle with top girl's time!
The Dark Knight with top guy's time, Rochelle with top girl's time!

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