There is an old story I heard many years ago about an old man, a farmer. The old man has a farm that he runs with his only son. It is a small farm as he only has one horse. One day the old man’s horse runs away and he is left with no means to work his land, save his family’s own sweat and toil. The neighbors come by and say what a terrible and bad thing has happened to the old man. The old man’s reply is, “good…bad…who can say?”
A new day arrives and the lost horse returned, leading back home with it several wild horses that the old man could add to his farmstead. The neighbors saw this and exclaimed, “what a good thing has happened to you!.” The old man farmer replied, “good…bad…who can say?”
Time passes and next day the old man’s only son was working on taming one of the wild horses and he was kicked off the horse and injured himself badly with a broken leg. The next day the neighbors saw this and told the farmer how bad this was, his only son now injured so badly that he could barely work. The old man farmer’s reply was, “good…bad..who can say?”
Time passes but it wasn’t much more than a day that the King’s army came passing through the area conscripting any young able bodied men into the army and due to the young son’s injuries he was passed over and not conscripted. The neighbors congratulated the old man on his good fortune of not loosing his son. The wise old man’s reply was of course, “good…bad…who can say?”
This is an excellent story that teaches us not to rush into judgement. Perhaps something “bad” happens to us. We can pity ourselves and wonder why the world is against us or we can attempt to meet the situation with a patience worthy of that old man farmer. Sometimes earlier negative events of our lives have a way of becoming a key part of positive events in our future. The law of polarity is in effect when this occurs. We may start to notice that our negative past often leads rhythmically to a positive future. We must be open to a positive future however and this is most easily done by not being too quick to judge life events. After all, good…bad…who can say?
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