Once upon a time, there was an old farmer who lived in a remote village in China. One day his horse – the family’s only possession – broke the fence and ran away. Upon hearing the news, the neighbors came to visit.
“Such bad luck” they said to the old man and pitted him for his great misfortune.
“Maybe…” the farmer said to them. “Maybe.”
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three wild stallions.
“What great luck!” the neighbors exclaimed.
“Maybe…” the old man said and continued his daily prayers of gratitude.
The following day his son tried to ride one of the wild horses, was thrown down and broke his leg.
The neighbours came again to the farmer to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.
“What bad luck!” they said.
“Maybe…” he answered them.
A few days later, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army and send them into battle. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they let him be. Neighbours told the farmer how lucky they were, and were envious on how well things had turned out for him.
“Maybe” said the farmer. “Maybe…”
(inspired by an ancient spiritual tale)
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