Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

A Tale To Replace Your MBA

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a great famine.

So when a traveler was spotted on the edge of town, the villagers were scared.

“Stay inside and lock your doors! He might be another another soldier looking to steal our food,” screamed the lookout.

As the stranger walked past the stockade, he saw an empty village and a glum old man.

“Why the long face?” asked the stranger.

“The King’s men already took most of our supplies. Please leave. We barely have enough to feed our children,” replied the lookout.

“O, I’m not with the King. Besides, I have all I need.”

He pulled an iron cauldron from his cloak, filled it with water, and placed it on the ground.

Next, he built a fire.

Hearing tales of food, villagers came out of their homes or watched from their windows.

Then the stranger pulled a plain stone from a silken bag and dropped it into the pot.

The stranger sniffed his brew and licked his lips in anticipation. 

Soon the entire village stood stood round the cauldron.

“Ahhh,” the stranger said to himself, “It doesn’t get much better than stone soup.”

Once the water began to boil, he grabbed his ladle and took a sip of his concoction.

“Not bad! But it’d taste even better with some cabbage.”

 A young girl ran out of a house and held forward a modest cabbage.

“Wonderful!” cried the stranger. “Add it to the pot.”

As the cabbage fell into the boiling water, the scent of vegetables filled the air.

“Does the stone soup need anything else?” asked a man. “I have some potatoes if you like.”

“What’s stone soup without potatoes?” laughed the stranger.

“And what about garlic?” cheered another villager. 

“Or onions?” yelled another.

“That would make a stone soup fit for a king,” replied the stranger.

And so it went, until there was enough soup for everyone.

Between slurps, you could hear some of the villagers say, “Never knew stone soup tasted so good.”

Speak with passion and you won’t only achieve what you want, but you attract others who want the same.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach