June 16, 2010

Good Luck? Bad Luck?

 I got this from the book I'm reading right now,
"Way of the Peaceful Warrior"
It's a story sent to the young man, Dan, by his mentor he called Socrates after Dan got into a car/motorcycle accident (p.96).
I thought you might like it, too.
Here it is:
An old man and his son worked a small farm, with only one horse to pull the plow.
One day, the horse ran away.
"How terrible," sympathized the neighbors.
"What bad luck."
"Who knows whether it is bad luck or good luck," the farmer replied.
A week later, the horse returned from the mountains, leading five wild mares into the barn.
"What wonderful luck!" said the neighbors.
"Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?" answered the old man.
The next day, the son, trying to tame one of the horses, fell and broke his leg.
"How terrible. What bad luck!"
"Bad luck? Good luck?"
The army came to all the farms to take the young men for war, but the farmer's son was of no use to them, so he was spared.
"Good? Bad?"
Then Joy, the girl who delivered this story from Socrates, goes on to tell Dan,
"Everything has a purpose, Danny; it's for you to make the best use of it."
Then Dan asked, "How will I ever make use of this accident?"
"There are no accidents, Danny. Everything is a lesson. Trust your life. Everything has a purpose, a purpose, a purpose..."

Side note: The line, "There are no accidents" kind of reminds me of Kung Fu Panda.. hehe!

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