Life’s Ups and Downs

There is a story that I like a lot and it goes like this:

“Once upon a time, in a far away land, there lived a farmer with his family. This farmer had a horse that one day, ran away to the hills. So the farmer and his son had to plow their fields themselves.

Their neighbors watched them working hard and said “Oh, we pity you, what bad luck that your horse ran away!”. But the farmer replied “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”.

The next week, the horse returned to the farm, bringing a herd of wild horses with him.
“What wonderful luck!” cried the neighbors, but the farmer responded “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”.

Then, the farmer’s son tried to ride one of the wild horses. He was thrown off and broke his leg.
“Ah, such bad luck!” sympathized the neighbors.
Once again, the farmer responded “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”.

A short time after, the emperor recruited all young men to join his army for battle. The son, with his broken leg, was left at home.
“What good luck that your son was not forced into the army!” celebrated the neighbors.
And the farmer remarked “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”.”


This is just the way life is, sometimes things happen and we feel luck is not by our side, but sure then the coin flips and we feel much better and luckier….

Can you recall a time that you were sure you were taking the right decision, picking up the best of all possibilities and then it didn’t have the happy ending that you expected?.

For me, well, once we bought a used car, it was just 3 years old and of course we were sure it was a great deal. It was cherry red, one of my favorite colors for cars; but as time went by repairs needed here and there appeared and we ended selling it to whom ever wanted it.
Even today my husband reminds me: “We should have bought a car just like the one I’m driving.”. So, now you know who decides which car to buy in this family.

Now, can you recall a time when you thought things were going all wrong and nothing good can come out of it, but it did?
I remember one time that we missed an airplane flight, well we didn’t miss it, we were on time but the flight was overbooked, so we were placed on a second flight with 2 hours in difference. Since that second flight was closer to noon, lunch was included, and as a compensation the airline gave us some money back as well. Definitively by then we weren’t complaining anymore.

Sometimes events don’t turn out how we expected. If you are now in a down side situation, I hope it changes into something good soon; and if you are going upside…. definitively enjoy it!. I hope it stays that way for a long time, because: “good luck, bad luck, who knows?.”

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