Stories

Stone Cutter (Short Story)

By July 2, 2019No Comments
Cathedral in Burgos, Spain

A traveler came upon three individuals working with stone.

Curious as to what these workers were doing, the traveler approached the first worker and asked, “What are you doing?” Without the slightest hesitation, the worker replied, “I am a stone cutter and I am cutting stones.”

Still unclear of the workers’ task, the traveler approached the second worker and asked the same question. To this the second worker thought for a moment, gazed briefly at the traveler and explained, “I am a stone cutter and I am cutting stones to earn money to support my family.”

Perplexed by the two different responses, the sojourner approached the third worker and asked, “What are you doing?”

This time the worker paused, glanced at the traveller until they made eye contact and then looked skyward drawing the traveller’s eyes upward. The third mason replied, “I am a mason and I am building a cathedral.”

Three men – all working at the same site, performing the same task – each had three very different perspectives of what they were working toward.
He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.

Journal Notes:

Meet Kanti Kaka, a world renowned sculptor. He stayed with Gandhi ji and use to make his sketches in Gandhi Ashram. Here he talks about selfless service and how a true artist is a one who shapes his own life. He lived in Ahmedabad, Gujarat , India.

Kanti Kaka’s studio

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