A Folk Tale

I came across this recently and thought it was quite meaningful.

Hope you like it too. 🙂

Chinese Folk Tale
~Author Unknown

There is an ancient tale about a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer’s neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”

A week later, the horse returned with a whole herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”

Then, when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck . . . who knows?


Isn’t it true? Things are not always the way they appear at first. Sometimes, it takes a while before we know the lasting outcome of an experience . . .




A Folk Tale — 4 Comments

  1. I believe that every thing happens for a reason even if I don’t always understand what that reason is/was. There are some things I will never understand, and I just have to acccept that. The saying, “Blessing in disguise can be so true.”

    Today’s celebrations include:
    4/20 Volunteer Recognition Day (For me volunteering is its own reward, I don’t need any other)
    4/20 Look Alike Day ( I won’t impersonating Elvis or anyone else anytime soon, but feel free to indulge all you want )
    4/20 National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day

  2. Hi All

    I will celebrate National Volunteer Day in honor of all the others that volunteer with me and for other causes than my own favorites.

    Great story Crissie. I used to think everything happens for a reason, but does that mean that events are preplanned by some higher power. I don’t think I believe that anymore with the recent global events. But I do believe that we have to make the best of every situation and keep an open mind and positive attitude. After all. The story is a parable and not a true story. Or is it?

    Have a great day all. Tonight will be the last night of freezing temps in our 7 day forecast. My new flowers want to come out of the garage!!
    xx, Carol

    O, BTW way Crissie…have a really sweet day!!

  3. I, too, believe that everything happens for a reason. You often never truly know the effect of an event until much later.

    Pineapple upside down cake—YUM!

  4. I don’t usually question fate – what is, is.

    Make the best of the situation and if you can make it better – go for it.

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