A Parable of Fortune
Changing your mindset for negative situations

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SUMMARY

It is impossible to tell whether anything that happens is good or bad because you never know what the consequences will be.


We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses

BODY

Upon a time, there was a Chinese farmer who lost a horse, it ran away. All the neighbours came round that evening and said "that's too bad". He said “maybe".

The next day the horse came back and brought seven wild horses with it, and all the neighbours came around and said "why that's great isn’t it?" and he said “maybe".

The next day his son was attempting to tame one of these horses and was riding it and was thrown and broke his leg. All the neighbours came around in the evening and said "well that's too bad isn’t it?” and the farmer said “maybe”.

The next day the Conscription officers came around looking for people for the army and they rejected his son because he had a broken leg and all the neighbours came around that evening and said "isn’t that wonderful" and he said “maybe".


CONCLUSION

The whole process of nature is an integrated process of immense complexity, and it is really impossible to tell whether anything that happens is good or bad because you never know what will be the consequences of the misfortune or you never know what will be the consequences of good fortune. We have the ability to reframe experiences and see them from a different perspective in order to learn and from them, good or bad.

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