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Wisdom Bite #2: We’ll See

lightbulbThere is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “We’ll see,” the farmer replied. The nextoldfarmer morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed. “We’ll see,” replied the old man. The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “We’ll see,” 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 neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. “We’ll see” said the farmer.

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1 reply on “Wisdom Bite #2: We’ll See”

I’ve always loved the simple wisdom of this story. The farmer seems at peace no matter what happens. His acceptance of reality points to a deeper understanding that things may not be what they seem. I’ve recalled this story many times in my life, usually when something ‘negative’ happens and have done my best to emulate this farmer’s wisdom. Doesn’t always work. 🙂

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