Wednesday, February 25, 2009

An Old Taoist Story~

There was an old farmer who lived in a small village. One night the farmer's only horse ran away. The next day the farmer's neighbors lamented, "What great misfortune has befallen you!" The farmer only replied, "Maybe yes, maybe no."

The following morning the farmer awoke to find that his horse had not only returned, but had brought back 6 companion horses. The neighbors all rushed to congratulate the man on his great luck, to which the farmer simply replied, "Maybe yes, maybe no."

The next day the farmer's son tried to ride one of the feral horses, but he was thrown off and broke his leg. Having heard the news the neighbor's sympathized, "You will surely become poor now as you have no one to help you on your land! How terrible!" The old man smiled and said, "Maybe yes, maybe no."

The following afternoon a conscription officer of the army came to the village recruiting all young able-bodied men to fight in the war. The farmer's son was passed over due to his injury.

Giving thanks always for ALL THINGS unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; ~Ephesians 5:20

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