Chinese Proverb

Chinese ProverbThe Chinese tell the story of an old man who owned a bony plow horse. One spring afternoon the horse ran away. The old man's friends, trying to console him, said, "We're so sorry about your horse, old man. What a misfortune you've had." But the old man said, "Bad news, good news-who knows?"

A few days later the horse returned home leading a herd of wild horses. Again the friends came running. Filled with jubilation, they cried, "How wonderful!" But the old man whispered, "Good news, bad news-who knows?"

The next day, when the farmer's son was trying to ride one of the new horses, the young man was thrown to the ground and broke both legs. The friends gasped. The old man stood still and said, "Bad news, good news-who knows?"

And a short time later when the village went to war and all the young men were drafted to fight, the farmer's son was excused because of two broken legs. Good news. Bad news. Who knows?

The moral of this proverb is that good and bad are relative to how we see them in the bigger picture.

"Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you". - Aldous Huxley


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This is a good one that I heard years ago but couldn't remember exactly how it went. Nice to see it here and this is one that I want to practice more, albeit difficult to remember it when it's needed. I had an experience recently when my vehicule broke down (alternator belt), when it first wen I said to myself "good news bad news" then prceeded to drive 25 km to the nearest town. I just rolled into a shop when the battery died. 'Good news, bad news' They weren't able to work on it but the person charged the battery for free and told me of a garage that might be able to fix it. I drove the car there, they took time out of their schedule, fixed it, recommended a nice restaurant while I was waiting and they were very friendly. The whole time I kept thinking that although the incident was a hassle, it turned out to be a very possitive experience and since I was traveling far it was fortunate that it happened at a time and place where repair was possible. Had it occured later on I would have been not far from the very middle of no where....Good news, bad news, who knows?


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