Maybe – A Taoist story

Maybe – A Taoist story

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There was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbours 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 neighbours exclaimed. “Maybe,” replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride on of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbours 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 neighbours congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. “Maybe,” said the farmer….

– We absolutely love this short story. A big teaching that we can take from this is that when we label situations as good or bad these are just our perceptions filtered through our five senses at that moment in time. Think back to times in your life where something may have seemed like a massive loss at first but has then turned out to be a blessing in the not so distant future! When you first experienced this what came to mind? Then a month down the line your emotions towards that event have completely changed. It is a comforting and in our opinion exciting thought that events are not singular, everything is cause and effect, moulding our future. With this in mind, how will you behave now when events take place? Can you behave with the same wisdom as the old farmer?

Here at Gems Of Knowledge we truly believe with every cell in our body that everything is at it should be at any given moment in time, adopting this belief has really benefited each one of our lives. Stuck in traffic? Not a problem, I am supposed to be here right now and everything that is happening around me is exactly how it should be :)

What did you take away from this? Let us know your thoughts.