What if what we thought about an event wasn’t always the best way of looking at it?
Many of us label our experiences and situations as “good,” or “bad,” and many other things.
This perspective limits us from living our best lives.
As a culture we have seemed to judge events as good or bad (luck), but sometimes when we think something “bad” has happened, it is good in disguise. And sometimes when we think something “good” has happened, it is bad in disguise.
There’s an ancient proverb that elaborates this concept:
There was a farmer who had a beautiful strong horse that was used to plow his fields.
One day, the horse escaped, and the farmer’s neighbors came to the man sympathizing about his bad luck. The farmer replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”
A few days later the horse returned with a herd of stallions. This time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. He replied with, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”
The next week when the farmer’s son was trying to tame one of the stallions, he fell off the horse and broke his leg. “What bad luck,” the neighbors told the farmer. “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” Said the farmer.
A few days later an army came into the village, forcing every able-bodied youth to join them. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg, they didn’t bother to take him with them.
Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?
I’m sure you can think of a time when something bad happened but it turned out to help you in the end. Was it good luck or bad luck?
We can’t always know the reason behind an event, so it’s important to keep a neutral attitude..
..To observe the events in our life without judging them, without drawing conclusions about them…This can bring about great peace of mind.
Great leaders understand this concept and are able to remain calm, trust life and themselves, take appropriate action, generate acceptance, and have a flexible attitude.
So the next time you’re in a situation that you label as “good” or “bad” I encourage you to ask yourself, “Good luck?” “Bad luck?” Who knows…
Thank you for reading!
Here’s another post that may also help you enable a different perspective: Question your Certainty