GOOD THING, BAD THING, WHO KNOWS?

TGIM!

There is an old Taoist parable.

About a farmer. His horse ran away.

“HOW UNLUCKY,” His brother proclaims.

The farmer replies, “Good thing, bad thing, who knows.”

After a week the horse returns with a beautiful white mustang.

“Wow, that’s lucky,” says the brother.

The farmer shrugs, “Good thing, bad thing, who knows.”

While breaking in the wild horse, the son of the farmer shatters his leg.

“Tough break,” tells the uncle to the son.

“Good thing, bad thing, who knows.”

Later that month a war breaks out, all men under 25 are to report to go to war. The son, with his shattered leg, does not have to go to war.

The uncle/brother, walks into the home of the farmer and his son and screams, “SURELY THIS IS THE BEST POSSIBLE NEWS!”

The farmer and son reply in unison, “Good thing, bad thing, who knows.”

****

The farmer in this story doesn’t get lost in the “what if” business, but instead focuses on the “what is.”

TEAM DO NOT JUDGE THE MOMENT. AND DO NOT LIVE IN FEAR AND JUDGE THE FUTURE.

A worsening of the economy might bring along an opportunity that otherwise you wouldn’t of had.

A mistake on the job, uncovered a bigger problem that we can now solve permanently.

So don’t ride the roller coaster of WHAT JUST HAPPENED! (GOOD OR BAD) because really no one knows what will happen next.

DO NOT FEAR THE UNKNOWN.

LIVE IN THE VERY MOMENT, AND MAKE A GOOD DECISION WITH THE CURRENT INFORMATION YOU HAVE.

JUST BREATHE.

— Joel

One thought on “GOOD THING, BAD THING, WHO KNOWS?

  1. Really needed this today. I know sometimes I get wrapped up in the future and how something today will impact something tomorrow. Mistakes seem to be magnified and stress seems to build. The farmer lives in the moment. If we all take a step back, it can allow someone to not just look at the glass either half full or half empty but look at both halves. Mistakes are opportunities to learn. Without mistakes, nobody would get better!

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