Perhaps you are familiar with the Taoist parable I'm going to share. Our keynote speaker at the NAPO conference, Scott Greenberg, shared it at the end of his speech, and it struck a chord with most of us. Our "luck" or circumstances, or whatever you choose to call it, can change in a minute.
It begins with a poor farmer in ancient China who worked a small plot of land with his teenage son. During this time horses were considered a sign of wealth; the richest person in the province owned no more than a few of them. One day a wild horse jumped the poor farmer’s fence and began grazing on his land. According to local law, this meant that the horse now rightfully belonged to him and his family. The son could hardly contain his joy, but the father put his hand on his son’s shoulder and said, “Who knows what’s good or bad?”
The next day the horse made its escape back to the mountains and the boy was heartbroken. “Who knows what’s good or bad?” his father said again. On the third day the horse returned with a dozen wild horses following.
“We’re rich!” the son cried, to which the father again replied, “Who knows what’s good or bad?” On the fourth day the boy climbed on one of the wild horses and was thrown, breaking his leg. His father ran to get the doctor; soon both of them were attending to the boy, who was upset and in a great deal of pain. The old farmer looked deeply into his son’s eyes and said, “My son, who knows what is good or bad?” And on the fifth day the province went to war. Army recruiters came through the town and took all the eligible young men to fight the war. All except for the young man with the broken leg.
What about you? Ever had a "bad" experience that ended up being "good" in the long run? Please share in the comments below! Anyone with the reverse? A "good" that maybe wasn't so much so in the long run? We'd like to hear from you, too!
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