good luck? bad luck?

by @according2kelly on June 25, 2008

next time you’ve had a bad day & life gets you down, remember this story. today’s trials, or perhaps your alexander type of day, more often than not, is just a blessing in disguise. our lives are full of blessings, sometimes the trick is simply learning to recognize them…

there is an ancient chinese story of a farmer who owned an old horse that 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. once again, the farmer’s only reaction was, “bad luck? good luck? who knows?”

there are no misfortunes in life. there are only missed fortunes… missed only because we fail to recognise and appreciate them for what they truly are: fortunes, experiences, learning opportunities, seeds of wisdom.

– author unknown.

10 comments
My boys are Army Brats
My boys are Army Brats

I love that story. I need to be reminded of the importance of everything we go through in life and how it all leads to something new.

aaron & allee
aaron & allee

It is all in how you look at it, isn't it? Thanks for posting this!

Krissy
Krissy

what a lovely reminder. just what I needed too! thanks.

The Robin's Nest
The Robin's Nest

I have finally learned in my older years (I laugh I'm 43) that you have to thank God for the good and thank God for the bad. I've even been driving in my car crying my head off saying, "thank you God-I know something good just might come out of this" You'd be surprised how many times good did prevail~! Take Care Kelly.~smiles~

Wendi
Wendi

Great story.I am going to look back over my chaotic day and look for those disguised blessings. I am sure they are there.Thanks so much for sharing this.

The Shabby Princess
The Shabby Princess

Ah!! Just what I needed after a few very hard days/weeks. So true. I've just got to look at things from a different perspective. Sigh... Very appropriate for what is going on with me. Thanks for posting that. It really brightened up my day!

Tanja
Tanja

Thanks for sharing that story!

Sew Create It - Jane
Sew Create It - Jane

What a great story and one to remember :o)I have a painted rock in the kitchen with a quote from Henry Ford"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."Same sort of idea. :o)

Tina
Tina

I love that story, thanks!Sometimes I think I have "TRIALS" when really they are mere "INCONVENIENCES" I have to force myself to recognize the differences, and I think I will take inconviences over trials anyday!Thanks again!

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