The Stone Cutter

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert – September 20, 2001

There was once a stone cutter who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life. One day he passed a wealthy merchant’s house. Through the open gateway, he saw many fine possessions and important visitors. “How powerful that merchant must be!” thought the stone cutter. He became very envious and wished that he could be like the merchant.

To his great surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever imagined, but envied and detested by those less wealthy than himself. Soon a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. Everyone, no matter how wealthy, had to bow low before the 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. It was a hot summer day, so 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 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, feared and hated 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 rock. “How powerful that rock is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a rock!”

Then he became the rock, more powerful than anything else on earth. But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer pounding a chisel into the hard surface, and felt himself being changed. “What could be more powerful than I, the rock?” he thought.

He looked down and saw far below him the figure of a stone cutter.

Benjamin Hoff from The Tao Of Pooh
  1. kiwiskan said:

    This backs up the Bible saying … ‘There is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into this world and we can take nothing out’. Contentment with where we are is a precious gift. Once again, I love Dilbert 🙂


    • I look forward to reading your comments!!!!! Thanks for taking time to share your thoughts!!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


    • I very much agree! I have a friend who’s an epitome of contentment…I admire him so.


  2. There’s only one source of power, and it doesn’t involve us. I glad He’s perfectly powerful.


  3. WE all have a gift and need to use it happily not want someone else’s.
    Thanks for sharing.


    • Hey Chris, Thanks for stopping by the Morning Story and Dilbert. And most of all thanks for the comment. I enjoyed your Post “A thought of the Prodigal Son’s Brother”. It goes right along with “The Stone Cutter”. Here is the short link if anyone would like to check it out: Take care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  4. Joyful Reader said:

    isn’t that just like mankind? We are never satisfied. I really enjoy these stories! Thank you for making me really think each morning. Even though I don’t have time to comment, I am reading! Have blessed day!


    • I know everyone is busy!!!! That makes your comment even more encouraging to me and everyone else reading the Post and checking out the Comments…… Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


    • …..If you enjoyed “The Stone Cutter” check the post over at Christain Warrior “A Thought on the Prodigal Son’s Brother”. Here is the Short link: Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  5. We have everything we need right around us-so touching! Attitude is what it is about. Thanks for a lighthearted one today even though I stocked up on tissues… 😀 Have a great day!


    • Your comments always seem to touch the very depths of my heart and bring peace!!!!! Thanks for taking the time to respond in the very special way that you do!!!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


      • 😀 You just made my day! Thanks for that. I needed it. You, too.


  6. LovedOne said:

    Amazing how story telling can have such great impact… thanks for sharing this – I am grateful for who I am right now 🙂


  7. kdoriginalkd said:

    Good fun! 🙂

    Thanks for the like on my blog! 🙂 Means a lot to me!



  8. Wow, I have done the cube life thing and that is actually how it is! The story was good too, but for some reason, Dilbert really hit home.


  9. Thanks Kenny for reminding us about the…The Master Potter…He molds and shapes, breaks and restores according to His plan, not ours. Lord, help us embrace what you are shaping.


  10. George Hayward said:

    Wonderful story and great message, love it.


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