Book: "Legend of the Stone Cutter'', is a short fantasy adaptation of a man that wished for ever more . Originally written by the authors Brother Grimm with minor writing by Mike Koontz. This is an 1 hour long bed time read.




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The legend of the stone cutter is often thought of as a Japanese folktale. But there are also seeds of pagan Europe and other parts of Asia in its many origins and crossroads.

It weaves the tale of a poor man, plagued with unhappiness for his own lot in life. This man worked as a highly skilled but poorly paid stonecutter, and one day he simply came to the conclusion that enough was enough and that he deserved so much more than who he was. His wish for transformative change came to be through the aid of a supernatural being, and with that his greedy appetite for a world of ever more was awoken, until one day he had come full circle and reached a state of peace with himself.
Written by no one, and everyone.
Before this slightly altered version, the German authors Brothers Grimm put their thoughts to the pen, but you also had the Scottish author Andrew Lang writing his very own version of the stone cutter. And there have been countless of Asian authors and Nordic ones throughout history, before and after the Brothers Grimm. And as such, I am sure, many others that told their own version of this old folktale, because like the wind, this is an ageless story about life and man, and like the wind I am sure that it will both transform and stay the same for thousands of years to come.
Enjoy the read!.

Photography and web adaptation and minor writing by Mike Koontz
2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing



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The stone cutter
[thrived
but
his soul
had
a hole
that screamed]


On the shores of an unknown land once upon a time there lived a stone-cutter, who went every day to a great rock in the side of a big mountain and carved and cut slabs of stones for gravestones or for houses.
He understood very well the kinds of stones wanted for the different purposes, and as he was a careful workman he had plenty of customers.
For a long time he was quite happy and contented, and asked for nothing better than what he had.











Now in the mountain dwelt a spirit which now and then appeared to men, and at times helped them in strange ways to become rich and prosperous. Some thought that it might in fact be one of the powerful norns whom had travelled through the well of Urd and climbed the roots of Yggdrasil down to the realm of men and now took joy in the direct meddling of peoples life and destiny.
The stone-cutter, however, had never seen this wayward spirit, and only shook his head, with an unbelieving air, when people took turn to talk of it.
But a time was coming when he learned to change his opinion, and perhaps that was by design.
One day the stone-cutter carried a gravestone to the house of a rich man, and saw there all sorts of beautiful things, of which he had never even dreamed.











Suddenly his own daily work seemed to grow so much harder and heavier, dull and pointless, and he said to himself:
‘Oh, if only I were a rich man, and could sleep in a bed with silken curtains and golden tassels, how happy I should be with naked servants and fresh fruit all day!’
And out of the blue, a voice answered him from the void that hides within the clouds and the flowers, the mountain and the creek: ‘Your wish is heard; a rich man you shall be!’
At the sound of the voice the stone-cutter looked round, but could see nobody.
He thought at first that it was all his own fancy, and so he picked up his tools and went home, thinking no more of that strange voice for he did not feel at all inclined to do any more work that day.











But when he reached the little house where he lived, he came to an abrupt halt and stood completely frozen with amazement, for instead of his wooden hut placed in front of him was a stately palace filled with splendid furniture, and most outrageous of all was the bed, in every respect like the one he had envied the most grand of all kings to rest upon.
He was nearly beside himself with joy, and in the richness of his new life the financial hardship and simplicity of the old one was soon forgotten.
It was not long until it was the beginning of summer, and with each day the sun blazed ever more fiercely.
One particular morning the heat was so excruciating that the stone-cutter could scarcely breathe, and he determined he would simply stay put at home till the shade of the evening had made life more tolerable.












By now the richest stonecutter in the world was by now feeling rather bored with everything, for he had never truly learned how to amuse himself or to see the beauty of the moment, just the way it unfolded, and so, he spent his day home by peeping through the closed blinds to see what was going on outside in the street, when a little carriage passed by, drawn by servants dressed in blue and silver and hues of gold.
In the carriage sat a prince, and over his head a golden laced umbrella was held, to protect him from the sun’s rays.








It was the year

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with the moving

wind

we turned,

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He craved
[So much
more]


‘Oh, if I were only that prince!’ said the stone-cutter to himself, as the carriage vanished round the corner.
‘Oh, if I were only a prince like him, and could travel in such a carriage and have a golden umbrella held over me by servants that would attend my every whim and desire, how happy I should be!’
And the voice of the mountain spirit answered: ‘Your wish is heard; an even richer prince you shall be.’















And as you might have guessed, a prince he soon was. And not just a prince, but so mighty and rich that he could hardly wish for anything.
And whenever he would leave his new palace, he would travel through the streets in a man drawn carriage, and before his carriage rode a company of body guards, and another behind it; all while servants dressed in scarlet and gold bore his carriage along, the coveted umbrella was held over his head by the most gorgeous girl you ever could imagine, and finally, everything his heart had ever coveted was his.
But yet it was not enough for our new prince.












He looked round in life, ever aching for something new to wish for, and when he saw that in spite of the water he poured on his grass the rays of the sun still scorched it, and that in spite of the umbrella held over his head each day his face grew browner and browner, he cried out in all his pent up anger.
‘The sun is mightier than I; oh, if I were only the sun!’











And the mountain spirit answered perhaps in glee, or could it really be that such a powerful spirit found joy in fulfilling this petulent mans every wish?
'Your wish is heard; the sun you shall be.’
And the sun he was, as outrageous as that might sound, the entire world woke up one day with a second sun beaming its fierce warmth and proud beauty upon the world, and our second sun felt proud beyond words in his life giving powers.
He shot his beams above and below, on earth and all across the universe; he burnt the grass in the fields and scorched the faces of princes as well as of all the poorer folk.
He burned entire river beds to desolated fields and soon had turned every city into desolated desert beds.















But despite his all encompassing hold on all of life, in just a few days time he seemed to grow tired of all his might, for there seemed nothing left for him to do now that every man and animal knew his might and every river bed had been burned away leaving behind nothing but cracked and chiselled mud.
Discontent once more filled his empty soul, and so when a cloud appeared out of the blue and quite coy covered his scorching hot face, and hid the earth from him, provoking rain and moist he once again cried in anger:
‘Does the cloud hold captive my rays, and is it mightier than I? Oh, that I were a cloud, and mightier than the sun itself!’











And the mountain spirit answered: ‘Your wish is heard my fool; a cloud you now shall be!’
And before we knew it, a cloud he was, and he found himself to lay quite happily between the lonesome sun and the apocalyptically heated earth.
He proceeded with perfect joy to capture the sun’s beams and he held them, and to his joy the earth grew green once more, and flowers and rivers, and entire oceans blossomed once again.
But that was not enough for him.
And for days and weeks he poured forth rain till the rivers overflowed their banks, and the crops of rice and apples, potatoes and wheat stood submerged in water.












Our ambitious cloud ventured forth and allowed entire oceans of water to flood the earth, and soon towns and villages were destroyed by the power of his endless rain, until one day, only the great rock on the mountain side remained above the water.
The cloud now tired from all the rain and floods he had created was amazed at the sight, and cried in wonder.
‘Is the rock, then, mightier than I? Oh, if I were only the rock!’
And the mountain spirit answered: ‘Your wish is heard and soon your circle is all complete; the rock you shall be!















Better than all, strength beyond strength.

And now the rock he had become, and he gloried in his unyielding power.
Proudly he stood, as tall as any mountain had ever been, mightier than even Mt. Everest, and neither the heat of the sun nor the force of the rain could move him even the slightest.
‘This is better than all!’ he said to himself. His voice raptured the world and sent tsunamis across the entire world for it was just that strong.












But one day he heard a strange noise like ants feasting on plants and this strange nagging sound originated at his own feet, and when he looked down to see what it could be, he saw a tiny stone-cutter driving tools into his stone like flesh and surface.
Even while he looked in shock and awe a trembling feeling ran all through him, and soon a great block broke off and fell upon the ground. The Earth shivered as clouds of dust rose up.
And the mountain cried in all his wrath.
‘Is a mere man child of earth mightier than a rock? Oh, if I were only a man!’
And the mountain spirit answered: ‘Your wish is heard. A man once more you shall be!’











And once more, a man he was, and in the sweat of his brow he soon toiled again at his trade of stone-cutting. Because that was what he knew and more importantly, a stone cutter was truly his own intended nature.
His bed was perhaps a bit hard and his food quite a bit more scanty compared to the luxuary of the prince and the burning sun, and his clothes where not as clean and fancy as the stuff that kings would use, but he had learned to be satisfied with life´s own beauty, and did not long anymore to be something or somebody else than the man he truly had come to be.
And as he never again asked for things he did not need, or desired to be greater and mightier than other people, he was surprised to notice one day that he was perfectly happy at last, and for some unknown reason he never again heard the voice of the mountain spirit.













































































This age old story contains quite a lot of wisdom. The wisdom of becoming mature enough to see the real worth and joy of life and each given moment.
The wisdom of progress and evolution, nothing truly stay the same and we all evolve and grow, and change over time even tho that life long journey will take us on both grand adventures and slippery slopes.

But there is also the wisdom that while things will always change what actually matters for each individuals own happiness and life fulfilment is who you are deep down. There is no point in thriving for things and power that you truly do not need and must have. The life fulfilling joy does not live inside of wealth and things, nor does it hide inside of depriving yourself and others from who each individual truly is, a life fulfilled comes from the things and needs, the joy and desires that is 100% you. And in my own opinion, that is the simplicity and beauty of this story because that is how life really is, and that will always hold true for all of us no matter how we might interpret this story and the truth and seeds of life itself.

Best regards
Mike.


























































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a Norse View, Mike Koontz

'The Legend of the Stonecutter', A slightly altered tale based on the version that was written by the brothers Grimm.

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    You all know that I have been a vocal proponent of how we do not simply grow old like some archaic fairy tale myth where people are doomed to live fat and unhealthy and frail once they leave their 20´s behind them.
    No instead, my science-backed message has for years been that we simply create and manage our own aging process according to our own choices in food, life, and fitness.
    Be it lean muscle mass, body fat, bone health, even our brain and plenty of natural hormones. Our daily choices carry such incredible weight when it comes down to all these aspects of our own wellbeing and health, much more so than the number of years we have lived or the genes we inherit. And Science proves me right on all these things, over and over, and over again.

    But, how about our immune system? In sedentary people, our thymus slowly becomes less capable as we mature beyond our 20´s. That is a simple fact.
    And so, my question for you:
    Will regular fitness stomp aging in the face or is the thymus and the stuff it does for us destined to go wry as we age no matter our fitness and food choices?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 29, How prevalent is plastic litter amongst deep sea fish.

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    Question number 29 in our School of Fitness.
    We have previously talked about getting enough natural amounts of omega 3 in our food. So let us cast our net a bit wider and deeper as we go hunting for natural Omega 3 sources in the deep sea.
    Yes, we are what we eat kiddos.
    And so, the time has come to talk about one of the better Omega 3 sources out there, which is fish ( like cows, fish love munching away on plant-based food such as Algae and so they end up with a ton of Omega 3, and so can you. ), and outside of Omega 3 fish also used to be a sustainable source of proteins and omega 3 amongst other things.
    The key word is used to be. But like us, and the cows, fish are what they eat.
    And today, outside of depleted fish stocks, fish swim in bodies of waters, polluted, and depleted of oxygen and ruined by us, the human species. And as health & fitness loving professionals and human beings, we always have to consider the world we live in, because we are all what we eat and the way we live becomes the state of our body & mind, life, and health. And if the fish you eat is full of toxins, plastic, and other unhealthy things, that is what you too will consume and thus, become.
    So, here is my question:
    How prevalent is plastic pollution in deep sea fish right now?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 28, Let us get healthy and dirty with Omega 3 and milk.

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    Question number 28 in our School of Fitness.
    As far as health & fitness goes, eating healthy food on a daily basis is the ever-present and perfectly fitted glove that wraps the fit hand that is regular and challenging workouts in the gym.
    And one of those nutritious, and essential for our health, nutrient staples are Omega 3´s. We get it in all sorts of seafood. And we can get it from omega 3 fortified foods such as eggs.
    Another wonderful omega 3 source are plant-based foods such as chia seeds. But, meat and dairy products from grass-fed cattle can also contain natural amounts of omega 3.
    So, here is my question:
    How much Omega 3 do you actually get from one L ( 1L ) of milk produced from grass fed cattle?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 27, How big do you need your daily calorie deficit to be, in order to roughly drop 250g of bodyfat per week.

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    Question number 27 in our School of Fitness.
    From a healthy fit perspective, both short & long term, what we need to sculpt is a life of daily physical activity in the right amount and the right intensity coupled with healthy food choices and the proper amount of nutrients.
    And those healthy choices include making sure that we get enough of those healthy nutrients in order to perform, in the gym and daily life, and we need enough of them in order for our body and mind to stay healthy, happy, capable and fit.
    Eat too little protein and you will start losing lean muscle mass, and your health will start to decline too since proteins are not just the major building blocks of our muscles, they are in fact the mud and water, wood and concrete that builds our entire body, be it your internal organs, your skin, hair, muscles, cells, or our brain.
    And the total amount of daily calories we consume is, of course, pretty much the same thing, eat too little in total, and you will start noticing how your health and fitness level slowly deteriorate. And if you do the opposite and stuff your tummy full with too many daily calories you will start gaining pure body fat in excessive amounts and it will continue to build unless you change your daily choices.
    So, here is my question:
    How big do you need to make your daily calorie deficit in order to lose 250g of body fat per week ( roughly ) while eating enough protein to preserve your lean muscle mass?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 26, Black coffee, is it a natural diuretic that causes dehydration or a health improving rehydrating drink?

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    Question number 26 in our School of Fitness.
    Black coffee, the mere words are capable of sending hundreds of millions of people into a state of Nirvana filled with transcending bliss and harmony :).
    But black coffee is also a cup of rejuvenating health for our entire system. It calms the mind with its slowly rising aroma, helps us keep cancer and diabetes at bay, harnesses our creative focus like an arrow in flight, and in enough quantities, it can even boost peoples gym going efforts.
    But is there all there is to it?. Well, here is my question:
    Is the old saying true that your daily coffee drives so much fluid out of your body that you need to supplement your coffee intake with equal measures water too in order to stay hydrated?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 25, Tell us the major muscles in your back.

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    Question number 25 in our School of Fitness.
    Outside of our legs and ass, there is no other muscle group that comes close to sheer size, strength, health impact and lean muscle mass potential than our back. So as exhausting as a proper back workout is, this is one big and essential muscle group you should never skimp out on, no matter if your own goals are all in on health and wellness, sports or just sheer looks, or all of the above.
    Here is my question:
    Tell me the major muscles that makes up our back. Straight and simple folks.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 24, Can Maintained Fitness prevent the negative health impact of chemotherapy?.

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    Question number 24 in our School of Fitness.
    Chemotherapy is one of those crucial things that no one ever hoped to one day experience. But when the going gets real tough in life, its a life saver.
    However, undergoing Chemotherapy is no walk in the park and while it can save your life and defeat cancer, it will also take its toll on your body. So much so that a recent study from Australia revealed that just 13 weeks of chemotherapy caused the heart to age by an equivalent of six years.
    Here is my question:
    Can maintained fitness exercise during chemotherapy prevent the now established cardiovascular aging associated with chemotherapy?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 23, How much will my daily fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease?.

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    Question number 23 in our School of Fitness.
    How are you enjoying 2018 so far?. I am having a blast, in the gym and outside it, workouts are wondrously good and that is because I stay at it, week in and week out. Stay persistent with food and fitness people and reap the benefits in body & mind. Keeping to a daily fitness schedule is just a choice, after all, and a very healthy choice at that.

    And, for the next fitness school question, let us dig deep down on that word "persistent" and uncover just how much weekly fitness will scientifically aid your health on low, moderate and intense fitness levels.
    And as such, here is my question for you:
    Can as little as 30 minutes of daily low-level physical fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by as much as 24% compared to not doing that daily activity?.

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