This is always a good reminder about life and the things that happen to us.
I recall once when I thought something terrible happened (in my career) but it turned out to be a great thing. My daughters were pretty small, just barely old enough to take them to Disney and make it worthwhile. We spent a few days there and then went to visit my parents in Sarasota. We were enjoying ourselves and life was good. Then I got a call out of the blue, my manager said that the parent company had a problem with a newsletter I sent out.
Meanwhile I got some great feedback from friends and clients who read the newsletter. I was surprised. They said that they were uncomfortable with me and that I was a loose cannon. I didn’t even understand where they were coming from. Eventually he and I decided to split company. There I was with a young family and I lost a chunk of income.
However, I later found out that the company didn’t feel that way, that he was trying to get out of our contract because of something regarding his cashflow. He and I never really clicked, he was not a fun guy to work with and in retrospect, I was glad to be rid of him.
As it happened, I soon found another opportunity with more independence, more potential, and I didn’t have his personality and limiting guidelines to deal with anymore – it turned out to be a much better thing for me.
One never knows. Did you ever have something like that happen?
Good Luck Bad Luck!
There is a Chinese story of a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer’s neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”
Then, when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”
Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck?
Everything that seems on the surface to be an evil may be a good in disguise. And everything that seems good on the surface may really be an evil.
So we are wise when we leave it to God, the Universe, the Source, or simply to let go. It is foolish and short sighted to try and decide what is good fortune and what misfortune. I believe that we can all benefit from simply being grateful for the present and for accepting where we are in life, then focus on what we want and what actions we can take next.