“We’ll See”

by Josh

This week, I would like to share a beautiful fable with you, which I took from my favourite  book “The Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman.

A farmer had only one horse. One day, his horse ran away.

All the neighbors came by saying, “I’m so sorry. This is such bad news. You must be so upset.” The man just said, “We’ll see.”

A few days later, his horse came back with twenty wild horses. The man and his son corraled all 21 horses.

All the neighbors came by saying, “Congratulations! This is such good news. You must be so happy!” The man just said, “We’ll see.”

One of the wild horses kicked the man’s only son, breaking both his legs.

All the neighbors came by saying, “I’m so sorry. This is such bad news. You must be so upset.” The man just said, “We’ll see.”

The country went to war, and every able-bodied young man was drafted to fight. The war was terrible and killed every young man, but the farmer’s son was spared, since his broken legs prevented him from being drafted.

All the neighbors came by saying, “Congratulations! This is such good news. You must be so happy!” The man just said, “We’ll see.”

To me, this fable sums up beautifully our human tendency (or habit, or compulsion), to put everything in categories of good or bad, true or false, right or wrong.
It is so easy, so automatic, to see the things that we encounter as fitting a certain category.
And then we act upon these categories, rather than on what is really needed.
More and more, I come to believe that being present is the most productive mode you can be in, be it “good” things hapening or “bad” things happening.
When we are present, we can experience and explore all emotions fully.
Maybe a breakup sets you free so you can pursue your passions with new vigor.
Maybe winning the lottery will just make you fatter and lose some friends.
Maybe getting the flu is just a signal from your body that it needs rest, no screens and real, healthy food.
“We’ll see”

(Disclaimer. I do think though, that this farmer is a pretty tough nut… a bit of cheerfulness from time to time doesn’t hurt 😉

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