Is Your Situation a Blessing or a Curse?

April 16, 2016

 

 

Long ago, lived an old man. One day the man's horse was missing. He looked and looked but did not find it. His friends brought words of sympathy for the unfortunate loss. But the old man was unexpectedly calm and said, "It is OK; perhaps it will turn out to be a blessing."

 

A month later the old man heard the noise of horses and got up to see. To his surprise, he saw two horses. One was his own returning. The other was a beautiful black horse that had followed his horse home. Hearing the news, his friends congratulated him on his good luck. However, the old man was calm and thoughtful. He added, "It is true that I got a new horse for nothing, but one cannot tell the future. It may be an unlucky thing."

 

What he said was shown to be correct. The son of the old man loved horses and soon was riding the new, high spirited horse. The son fell off the horse's back and broke his leg badly. After that, he always walked with a limp. "It is OK," the old man said, "perhaps good will come of it."

 

A year later, the tribes from the north invaded the country. All the young men were required to fight in the war, and most of them died. The son of the old man was was unable to go to war due his disability, so he escaped death. He and his father lived a long and content life.

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