I wanted to share a great story I heard this morning with you about personal responsibility and the opportunity to improve as a person.

There was once a king who decided to perform an experiment in his town. He placed a giant boulder right in the middle of the busiest street. He then hid near the boulder to see who, if anyone, would try and move it out of the way.

First, some wealthy merchants walked by. They walked around the boulder, complaining that the king hasn't been maintaining the roads very well.

Next, a poor person walked by, who was heading home with his arms full of vegetables and bread for his family. When he noticed the boulder, he put his groceries down and attempted to move it out of everyone's way. It took him a while, but he eventually succeeded.

After the individual gathered up his groceries, he noticed a bag laying in the middle of the road, where the boulder once was. When he opened the bag he found that it was filled with gold coins and a letter from the king saying that the bag of gold is a reward for taking the time and energy to move the boulder out of the road for the convenience of others.

This story teaches us the valuable lesson that every obstacle you face offers an opportunity to improve. If you are able to push through the moments that are challenging and difficult, you may end up being much better off than you were before you started trying. 

Additionally, this story also offers the lesson of personal responsibility. If you see a job ahead of you, don't leave it for the next person to do. Rather, step up and get the job done to help the people who come after you.