A man went to learn enlightenment. The Master asked the students to move boulders, from one part of an open field to the other. This was no ordinary field. It was hilly, rocky and open to the sun.
Naturally, no one complained. Everyone started moving the boulders from everywhere to the appointed place. Our friend though was exhausted and tired by the end of the first hour. The boulders were large and hard to move.
Noticing the tired man, the Master came over to be helpful. So, he said, “Move the boulders where they want to go.” With those words he left the sweating man staring at his retreating back in astonishment.
“Of course. Why hadn’t I thought of that!” grumbled the initiate. “Move the boulder where it wants to go.”
Looking around him, he noticed that the other students were not struggling as much as he was. And it dawned on him. Before attempting to move the next boulder, he looked at its shape with great care. Then, he started to roll it towards the cuts on its surface. It took longer and the way was more winding to get to where he needed to deposit the rock. But he got there without such great efforts.
Roll with life! Don’t push against the rocks. Allow them to go where they want to go and you will eventually get there. It just might take you some time. The right time! We all have just enough time. No life is shorter or longer than it needed to be. Live the life you have, in the time that you have with grace.