This is Equanimity n Resilience: A Chinese Parable

I would like to share my favorite Chinese parable with you…which made me look at life’s problem in a new light…you never know what gift a problem might bring…& what looks like a misfortune initially might just be another blessing in disguise.

Here is a Chinese story of a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer’s neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”

Then, when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck?

Who knows?

Everything that seems on the surface to be an evil may be a good in disguise. And everything that seems good on the surface may really be an evil. So we must bear all the circumstances that the life brings with Equanimity n Resilience n with an attitude that this too shall pass.

🙂

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April 26, 2010. Tags: , , . Inspiration, Parables, Wisdom.

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