Thursday, 23 April 2015

Wild Horses

I've been thinking a lot 
about perspective and how we judge things to be
'good' or 'bad', often too quickly taking score. 

I was reminded of this story, several times over the 
last week, and wanted to share it with you here:

A farmer had only one horse, and one day the horse ran away. 
The neighbors came to condole over his terrible loss. 
The farmer said, "What makes you think it is so terrible?"

A month later, the horse came home--this time bringing 
with her two beautiful wild horses. The neighbors became 
excited at the farmer's good fortune. Such lovely strong horses! 
The farmer said, "What makes you think this is good fortune?"

The farmer's son was thrown from one of the wild horses 
and broke his leg. All the neighbors were very distressed. 
Such bad luck! The farmer said, "What makes you think it is bad?"

War came, and every able-bodied man was conscripted and sent 
into battle. Only the farmer's son, because he had a broken leg, 
remained home. 
As told by Executive editor, Elise Hancock, in the Johns Hopkins Magazine, 
November 1993, page 2, in section entitled Editor's Note.

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