Happy Chinese New Year

In light of the Chinese New Year (from the Year of the Horse to the Year of the Goat/Sheep). I want to share one of my favourite Chinese proverbs.

This farmer had only one horse, and one day the horse ran away. The neighbors came to condole over his terrible loss. The farmer said, “What makes you think it is so terrible?”

A month later, the horse came home–this time bringing with her two beautiful wild horses. The neighbors became excited at the farmer’s good fortune. Such lovely strong horses! The farmer said, “What makes you think this is good fortune?”

The farmer’s son was thrown from one of the wild horses and broke his leg. All the neighbors were very distressed. Such bad luck! The farmer said, “What makes you think it is bad?”

A war came, and every able-bodied man was conscripted and sent into battle. Only the farmer’s son, because he had a broken leg, remained.

http://www.noogenesis.com/pineapple/Taoist_Farmer.html

A more detailed version can be found here: http://ymaa.com/articles/stories-proverbs/blessing-in-disguise

 

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