L E T T E R – You Never Know – The Broad Place

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L E T T E R – You Never Know

I love dearly wise tales with messages especially this one, ancient 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.

And I remind myself of this story when stuck in traffic, or my flight gets cancelled or a huge storm changes my plans. Because I deeply believe the universe has my back, and who am I to know as one small human as to what’s really going on, that in a moment I brand ‘bad luck’.
Sent with love,
Jac x

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