There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.
“Maybe,” the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.
“Maybe,” replied the old man. 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. “Maybe,” answered the farmer. The day after, 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 on how well things had turned out. “Maybe,” said the farmer.
The point of this story is that we never know what is bad or good. It’s only in western civilization that we created a need to label experiences as bad or good, but the distinction between the two is more often blurry than clear.
The Taoist also symbolize this with the yin and yang symbol. Black or white, good or bad, it’s not one or the other but they are both part of a greater whole. All too often we worry about our future, all too often to find the worry was much worse than the actual event itself.
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” ― William Shakespeare
🍺 to a great week ahead!