A King's Painting
Once upon a time, there was a Kingdom. The king there only had one leg and one eye,
but he was very intelligent and kind. Everyone in his kingdom lived a happy and a
healthy life because of their king. One day the king was walking through the palace
hallway and saw the portraits of his ancestors. He thought that one day his children will
walk in the same hallway and remember all the ancestors through these portraits.
But, the king did not have his portrait painted. Due to his physical disabilities, he wasn’t
sure how his painting would turn out. So he invited many famous painters from his and
other kingdoms to the court. The king then announced that he wants a beautiful portrait
made of himself to be placed in the palace. Any painter who can carry out this should
come forward. He will be rewarded based on how the painting turns up.
All of the painters began to think that the king only has one leg and one eye. How can
his picture be made very beautiful? It is not possible and if the picture does not turn out
to look beautiful then the king will get angry and punish them. So one by one, all started
to make excuses and politely declined to make a painting of the king.
But suddenly one painter raised his hand and said that I will make a very beautiful
portrait of you which you will surely like. The king became happy hearing that and other
painters got curious. The king gave him the permission and the painter started drawing
the portrait. He then filled the drawing with paints. Finally, after taking a long time, he
said that the portrait was ready!
All of the courtiers, other painters were curious and nervous thinking, How can the
painter make the king’s portrait beautiful because the king is physically disabled? What
if the king didn’t like the painting and gets angry? But when the painter presented the
portrait, everyone in the court, including the king, left stunned.
The painter made a portrait in which the king was sitting on the horse, on the one-leg
side, holding his bow and aiming the arrow with his one eye closed. The king was very
pleased to see that the painter has made a beautiful portrait by cleverly hiding the king’s
disabilities. The King gave him a great reward.
Moral: We should always think positive of others and ignore their deficiencies. We
should learn to focus on the good things instead of trying to hide weaknesses. If we
think and approach positively even in a negative situation, then we will be able to solve
our problems more efficiently.