A Chinese man was slaving away in a mining camp one hot sunny day and was desperately thirsty for a drink of water. Out of the corner of his eye he spotted a merchant passing by pushing a beverage cart. The man pleaded and begged the merchant to give him some water to quench his thirst. The merchant obliged with a smile, and the worker relentlessly thanked the merchant stating, “I wish I was a merchant so I wouldn’t have to work in this dirty mine and live with more dignity and abundance”. The second after he vocalized his wish he instantly was transported into a life where he was a merchant.
The newly minted merchant was happy with his new stature for a short time, but then one day an emperor came to town. As the emperor and his cavalry drove past it was customary for everyone to bow to honour the emperor, and so the merchant bowed in respect. The new merchant said out loud “I wish I could be an emperor so I wouldn’t have to bow before anyone”, and poof: instantly his wish was granted as soon as the words fell from his mouth.
Now with his newly found power and role in this world as an emperor, the man became incredibly happy and boastful knowing he would never not have to bow to anyone again. Only a short while went by before the new emperor lost his satisfaction with how he was living and began to dwell on other things he wanted in life. He looked to the sun and thought, “if only I could be as powerful as the sun, life would be so much better”. Not a second later was he then transformed into the sun, his wish in life had been granted once again!
Thinking he was at the highest of the highs being the sun, he felt the immense power. Creating rays of light for all of the earth below, but he started to notice clouds forming over the earth one day. The clouds were thick and managed to block out his powerful sun rays, and his ability to shine over the world. Now feeling immense frustration brewing inside of himself he said, “I wish I was as powerful as those clouds down there that can block me from shining my rays of sunshine”, and just like that he turned into beautiful clouds.
He never thought just how powerful clouds were before, and this left him feeling very powerful, until one day he was making his way around the world and ran into a gigantic mountain that was so high and vast that even he couldn’t get around it. “If only I could be a massive mountain like this one that seems to tower so far and high holding enough power in the world to even stop the movement of the clouds”. Poof! In just the same way his other wishes had come true, he turned into a mountain so vast that not even the clouds could overpower it.
Now feeling like he had finally found and became the most powerful thing in the universe, he stood powerful in the world with confidence and happiness. But suddenly, he noticed a small man below who was chipping away at the mountain, and he became very shocked that this small miner, a man he himself use to be; a man who had the ability to move mountains!