What makes you think…

One day, for no apparent reason, a young man’s horse ran away and was taken by nomads across the border.  Everyone tried to offer consolation for the man’s bad fortune, but his father, a wise man, said, “What makes you so sure this is not a blessing?”

Months later, his horse returned, bringing with her a magnificent stallion.  This time everyone was full of congratulations for th son’s good fortune.  But now his father said, “What makes you so sure this isn’t a disaster?”

There household was made richer by this fine horse the son loved to ride.  But one day he fell off his horse and broke his hip. Once again, everyone offered their consolation for his bad luck, but his father said, “What makes you so sure this is not a blessing?”  A year later nomads invaded across the border, and every able-bodied man was required to take up his bow and go into battle. The Chinese families living on the border lost nine of every ten men.  Only because the some was lame did father and son survive to take care of each other. (Peter Scazzero, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, pp. 129-130)

3 thoughts on “What makes you think…

  1. Mark

    Hey Marc, this is based on a famous Zen tale. The rest of the story is that things keep happening to the man that first look great, then look bad. If I find it I’ll send it to you. Needless to say, the Zen story’s point is quite different!

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