Once upon a time, there was a king who was a great admirer of art. He encouraged artists from all over his country and gave them valuable gifts.
One day an artist came and said to the king, “Oh Lord, give me a blank wall in your palace and let me paint a picture on it. It will be the most beautiful thing you will ever see. I promise you shall not be disappointed.”
Now, the king happened to be constructing a big hall at the rear end of the palace. So he said, “All right you may work on one of the walls in the new hall.”
So the artist was given the job and he was very pleased indeed. Just then, another young man said, “Oh Lord, please allow me to work on the opposite wall. I am also an artist.”
The king asked, “What would you like to make?”
The man said, “My Lord, I shall make exactly what that man will make on the opposite wall. Moreover, I shall do so, without looking at his work. I would even request you to have a thick curtain put up between the two walls so that either of us cannot see the other.”
That was a tall statement. Everyone in the king’s court, including the king and the first artist were intrigued. But the king loved surprises and he decided to give the young man a chance. The following day a thick curtain was put into place and both the artists got to work. The first artist brought in a regular supply of paint, oil and water. The second artist would come with a cloth and a bucket of water every day.
After a month the first artist told the king that his work was completed and he would like to show it to the king.The king sent for the second artist and asked him, “Young man, when would your work be ready? I am coming to see the first wall this evening.”
The second artist answered, “My Lord, my wall is ready too!”
The king went to see the first artist’s wall. He was very impressed with the painting and gave a hefty sum as a reward to the artist. He then asked for the curtain to be opened up.
To everyone’s surprise, the same painting was to be seen on the opposite wall!
Amazing but true. Each line, each minor detail was exactly as it was on the first wall. But this man had not been seeing what was going on, on the other side of the curtain. So how had he done it? The king wanted to know the secret.
He gave a double reward to the man. Then he asked, “Young man, I am indeed very happy with your work. But you must tell me – how did you do it?”
The artist replied, “It’s very easy – I just polished the wall every day!”
It was a wall made of white marble. The artist simply polished it till it shone like a mirror. So the reflection of the painting across the room could show up in it.
The world is a reflection of you. Life is truly reflection of what we allow ourselves to see and be. Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice.