There are only events…

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There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his farm for many years. One day the farmer left the stable door unlocked and his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “We shall see,” the farmer responded. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful!” the neighbors exclaimed, “this is certainly great news.” “We shall see,” replied the old man rather calmly  The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “We shall see,” answered the old farmer in an undisturbed tone. Several days later, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer once again on his good fortune. “We shall see,” replied the wise farmer.

Events cannot be assessed in isolation amigos. Life is fluid, a continuous process of becoming. 

One love,

HJ

 

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About H3nry J3kyll
Vincit omnia veritas (using an obscure Latin heraldry motto makes one seem kinda learned and distinguished).

2 Responses to There are only events…

  1. janineyork says:

    How true is this! Very good lesson, and I needed to hear it today. Things are not going like I want, but I will think to myself “we shall see” from this moment. :)

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