Maybe good, maybe bad

“You know, its all about the way we choose to see things......

There was once a farmer who owned a very beautiful horse.  One day, the horse decided to run away and his neighbour said to him, 'What a terrible thing to happen to you – such a great loss’.  The farmer replied dryly, ‘You never know, maybe good, maybe bad.’

The next day, the horse came back with another horse by his side and the farmer’s neighbor said, what great good fortune, now you have two horses.’  The farmer’s reply was the same, ‘You never know, maybe good, maybe bad’.

The next day the farmer’s son fell off the new horse and broke his leg, to which the neighbor said, ‘That’s bad!’ and of course the farmer gave his usual reply.

Soon after this, war broke out in the land and all the young men were conscripted into the army, except the farmer’s son who couldn’t go because of his leg.  The neighbor said, ‘What a great piece of luck,’ and the farmer replied, ‘You never know…..’

There is so much truth in the statement, ‘You never know.’  The reality is for most of us is that we don’t know where each event is leading.

Our predicament is such that life happens around us and events are not always in our control.  We also know that the only thing we can control is ourselves and the way we perceive and receive life.  If we could see into the future we would probably view everything very differently.”

This is an exert from a book which I love called “The dance between joy and pain”. Dr Mansukh Patel and Rita Goswami RGN who embarked on a series of extraordinary journeys involving 3000 miles of walking and 150 000 miles of air travel, 31 countries….the most inspiring of places to the most disturbing…..Jerusalem, Assisi, Auschwitz and Dachau, from the slums of India to the penthouses in New York.

Nobody goes through life without experiencing pain and joy………..we all just have to keep learning how to dance!!!

In health

Jac