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Who Knows?

on February 21, 2013

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Mystics say everything happens for a perfect reason and nothing is either good or bad but our judgement of it that makes it so. I have loved this parable for years and often think of it when I find myself being all judgey about things going on in my life.

Secret of Happiness? 

Once upon a time, an old farmer lived in a valley with his son, a handsome and dutiful youth. They lived a peaceful life despite a lack of material possessions. They were very happy. So much so, that neighbors began to get envious and wanted to understand the secret of their happiness.

Savings and Loss?
One day, the old man used all his savings to buy a young and beautiful horse. The very same day he bought it, the horse jumped the fence and escaped into the hills. The neighbors came to express their concern, “Oh, that’s too bad. How are you going to work the fields now?”

The farmer replied, “Good thing? Bad thing? Who knows?”

Double Fortune?

In a few days, his horse came back from the hills and brought eight fine horses with him. The neighbors again gathered around, “Oh, how lucky! Now you can do much more work than ever before!” they said.

The farmer replied, “Good thing? Bad thing? Who knows?”

Misfortune?

The next day, the farmer’s son fell off one of the new horses and broke his leg. “Such misfortune,” said the neighbours. The leg healed crookedly and left the son with a permanent limp and endless pain. The neighbors were concerned again, “Now that he is incapacitated, he can’t help you around, that’s too bad.”

The farmer replied, “Good thing? Bad thing? Who knows?”

Tragedy?

Soon, the news came that war has broken out, and all the young men were required to join the army. The villagers were sad because they knew that many of the young men would not come back. The farmer’s son could not be drafted because of his broken leg. His neighbors were envious: “How lucky! You get to keep your only son!”

The farmer replied, “Good thing? Bad thing? Who knows?”

Conclusion

Good Thing?  Bad Thing? Who Knows?

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You’re Welcome,
xo,
Jan:)
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One response to “Who Knows?

  1. Joni Van Genderen says:

    Love this story!

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