A skinny 95 lb man is tired of being picked on and seeks heavenly advice to solve his problem. A voice speaks to the man. "Go and push the rock at the bottom of the hill." Certain the voice was from God, the man finds the boulder and begins trying to push it up the hill. The man pushes all day but the boulder does not move. The next morning the voice speaks to him again, "Go an push the rock at the bottom of the hill. Again the man pushes the boulder but it does not move. Day after day, week after week, month after month the man pushes the rock. After a year of pushing that boulder, the man once again seeks heavenly advice. "I asked you to help me with by problem and you sent me to push a rock, I have done it without question. But I don't see why you keep telling me to push a rock that will not budge." The voice spoke to the man again. "Look in the mirror." In the mirror was a strong man with ripped muscles. in a year pushing that rock caused a transformation in his body. The voice spoke again and said, "I had you push the rock not because I wanted the rock to be changed, but that you could be changed!" Moral: Many obstacles in your life are there to transform your life, not for you to transform them.
Two friends who lived in poverty decided a change in location may bring a change in their fortune as well. The two men began their journey looking for a better future. They traveled for many days and nights, up and down hills and valleys. There came a time that one friend could travel no further. He stopped in a small village and decided to stay. The other friend kept going. That night he found shelter under the Baobab tree. As he slept the tree spoke to him in a dream. "The King's daughter in the next village is very sick. Take a leaf from my branches and make her a tea, when she drinks she will be healed." The next morning the man took the leaf and traveled to the house of the King. He told the King he was here to heal his daughter. After many questions the King let the man enter. He prepared a tea from the leaf of the Baobab tea, and spoon fed her until she was well. The King rewarded the man with great wealth and also the hand of his daughter in marriage. One day he was thinking about his traveling companion, so he paid him a visit. His friend's fortune had not changed, he was still very poor. The rich friend told the story of the dream under the Baobab tree. Upon leaving he gave his friend a bag of gold sharing his good fortune. The bag of gold was not enough for the friend. That night he found the Baobab tree and slept under the tree hoping for a special dream. During the night the tree spoke "Leave this place". But the man refused. Again the tree spoke "Leave this place!" Again, the man refused. A third time the tree spoke "Leave this place now! The man refused a third time. The man refused to listen to the dream that would change his fortune. In the morning the man was found dead, killed in the night by wild animals. Moral: Follow your Dreams!