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Number 090
The Box of Gold
June 20, 2003

Dear Friends,

Received this via email several days ago
and thought you might enjoy it as well...

Once upon a time,
a king had a great 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 the best,
and the winner was to receive a box 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 traveled 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,
and that got in their way and hindered their travel.

At the end of the day,
a lone traveler crossed the finish line
warily and walked over to the king.
He was tired and dirty,
but he addressed the king with great respect
and handed him a small chest of gold.
He said,
"I stopped along the way to clear a pile of rocks
and debris that was blocking the road.
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 known such money."

"Oh yes," said the king,
"you've earned this gold,
for you won my contest.
He who travels the road best,
is he who makes the road better
for those who will follow."
- Author Unknown

Warmest Regards,

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