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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Maybe So, Maybe Not. - Ancient Taoist Proverb

Maybe So, Maybe Not.
- Ancient Taoist Proverb

One day, a farmer's horse ran away. His neighbors expressed sympathy, "What terrible luck that you lost your horse!" The farmer replied, "Maybe so, maybe not."

A few days later, the horse returned, leading several wild horses. The neighbors shouted, "Your horse has returned, and brought more with him. What great fortune!" The farmer replied, "Maybe so, maybe not."

Later that week, the farmer's son was trying to break one of the wild horses and got thrown to the ground, breaking his leg. The villagers cried, "Your son broke his leg, what a calamity!" The farmer replied, "Maybe so, maybe not."

A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, conscripting all the able-bodied young men for the army. They did not take the farmer's son because of his broken leg. Friends shouted, "Your boy is spared, what tremendous luck!" To which the farmer replied, "Maybe so, maybe not."

Moral: Everything is not what it appears to be.

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Further reading: Jimmy Yen - My Personal Greatest Hero

Lao Tzu: The words of truth are always paradoxical.

Aesop: Gentleness and kind persuasion win where force and bluster fail

How To Talk Yourself Into Making Personal Changes

3 comments:

  1. death is averted another day

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  2. I like the saying "May be so, may be not" ..many of us go through unwanted misery, by just assuming, a situation "may be so" when it is not..making swift, wrong judgements on situations, on people....if only we could put these things aside and just enjoy, people and things no matter what.....

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  3. Thank you for sharing all these inspirational wisdom, thoughts, guidance and beauty of this world steadily along with the many enduring Quotes spreading much joy and insight for so many individuals ! You have helped myself and ever so many others for years ! Please accept my gratitude forever. I pray you have as fine and interesting life as you have given to multitudes of people! Wishing you the very best life always ! Maryalice S. W.

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