Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Maybe

There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.

“Maybe,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.

“Maybe,” replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.

“Maybe,” answered the farmer.

The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.

“Maybe,” said the farmer.

7 comments:

Brian in Mpls said...

I dig it:)

lauren said...

Wow - something to thing about!

Thomas said...

Thanks, guys. A therapist I know told me this story last year. It really fits in with how I feel about life, that whose to say this or that thing happening is a "bad" thing. It might be, but give it some time before coming to that conclusion.

Sarah said...

that is cool! great moral.

houstonmacbro said...

I love this story. Thanks for sharing (I hadn't heard this one before).

Timothy Smith said...

I have already spread it around a little, thanks.

Rocketstar said...

hhhmmmmmm...