Good or Bad? — Monday Motivation

Whether or not something is good or bad is a matter of perspective






Happy Monday!

Once upon a time there was a Chinese farmer whose horse ran away. And all the neighbors came around to commiserate that evening. “So sorry to hear your horse has run away. That’s too bad.” And he said, “Maybe.”

The next day the horse came back, bringing seven wild horses with it, and everybody came around in the evening and said, “Oh, isn’t that lucky! What a great turn of events. You’ve now got eight horses.” And he said, “Maybe.”

The next day his son tried to break one of these horses and ride it and was thrown and broke his leg. And they all said, “Oh, dear that’s too bad.” And he said, “Maybe.”

The following day the conscription officers came around to force young men into the army and they rejected his son, because he had a broken leg. And all the people came around and said, “Isn’t that great.” And he said, “Maybe.”

– The Story of the Chinese Farmer, by Alan Watts 


I heard of this story from listening to actor/commentator Joe Rogan interview Dan Bilzerian, a professional poker player (who is completely out of his mind, by the way!). Dan had mentioned this story at the end of the interview and it grabbed me.

Intrigued,  I researched the story and here we are. It’s pretty amazing how connected this world is and how dots connect…things just can’t happen accidentally, or at least I don’t believe they do. Maybe this story was one I needed to hear. Maybe this story is one you needed to hear. Maybe both. Who knows?

But something we can all take away is a reminder of the power of perspective. Your struggles might just be exactly what you need to go through in order to get to where you want to be. Or maybe, launch you to a place you never even considered that changes you and/or changes the world for the better.

I’m not here preaching at you. Everything I write is from my heart and in direct relation to something I went through or am currently going through. I know it’s not easy to have enough perspective to see negatives as positives but the first step is to just be aware of this simple truth:

“You never really know whether something is fortune or misfortune.”  – Alan Watts

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