A Fable: An old man
There is an ancient Chinese tale about an old man whose manner of looking at life was entirely different from that of others in the village. We could all learn something from his philosophy. It seems this old man had only one horse, and one day it ran away. His neighbors came and commiserated with him, telling him how sorry they were for the misfortune that had befallen him. His answer surprised them. 'But how do you know it's bad? he asked.
A few days later his horse came back, and with it were two wild horses. Now the old man had three horses. This time, the neighbors congratulated him upon his good fortune. 'But how do you know it's good?' he replied.
The next day , while attempting to break in one of the wild horses, his son fell off and broke his leg. Once again, the neighbors came, this time to console the old man for the bad luck that had befallen his son. 'But how do you know it's bad? he questioned.
By this time, the neighbors decided his mind was addled and didn't want to have any more to do with him. However, the next day a warlord came through the village and took all the able-bodied young men off to war. But not the old man's son, because he was not able-bodied!
We would all lead much more serene lives if we were not so quick to pass judgment on events as they occur. Even that which you resent the most, and which still causes a negative reaction when it comes to mind, may have played a positive part in your life. b