What I’m Pondering – Good and Bad

Due to the number of positive responses from sharing the parable on the Mexican Fishing Village, I have another favorite to share! It’s about a farmer who is presented with a series of fortunate and difficult circumstances. As we go through life, we all experience our ups and downs. The key is to remember that downs often lead to something so much better. Sometimes we need a bad event to progress and get out of a mindless routine. Have you recently gotten laid off? It may just be a blessing in disguise and a push to make a positive change in your life. It’s incredible how good humans are at quickly adapting to change, even though it seems hard at the time. Maybe it’s time to travel and start that business you have always dreamt about!

A farmer and his son had a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living. One day, the horse ran away and their neighbors exclaimed, “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

A few days later, the horse returned home, leading a few wild mares back to the farm as well. The neighbors shouted out, “Your horse has returned, and brought several horses home with him. What great luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

Later that week, the farmer’s son was trying to break one of the mares and she threw him to the ground, breaking his leg. The villagers cried, “Your son broke his leg, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, recruiting all the able-bodied boys for the army. They did not take the farmer’s son, still recovering from his injury. Friends shouted, “Your boy is spared, what tremendous luck!” To which the farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

So what do you think? Is there such a thing as “good” and “bad,” or is it always a perspective? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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