A brief story on non-attachment

Things are not going well at work. I will spare you the details but the bottom line is that I have gotten too attached to the outcome of this “day job.” I have expended too much energy and surrendered too much of my peace of mind to the situation. I did not win. I could not win. As a result my chi suffered. Dearly. I was walking around with a cloud of unpleasantness around me like Pig Pen (from the Peanuts). What I needed was to be reminded of the story below. I am sharing it with you now in case you need to hear it as well.

A farmer and his son had a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living. One day, the horse ran away and their neighbors exclaimed, “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

A few days later, the horse returned home, leading a few wild mares back to the farm as well. The neighbors shouted out, “Your horse has returned, and brought several horses home with him. What great luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

Later that week, the farmer’s son was trying to break one of the mares and she threw him to the ground, breaking his leg. The villagers cried, “Your son broke his leg, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, recruiting all the able-bodied boys for the army. They did not take the farmer’s son, still recovering from his injury. Friends shouted, “Your boy is spared, what tremendous luck!” To which the farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

 

Print it and place it where you can see it. Share it. Tell it over and over again. You never know who could really use it right now like I did today.

Namaste.

 

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