Great wisdom can found in simple stories. This is a story that really speaks to me.
Chi-ping is a subsistence farmer in ancient China. He relies on his horse to plough the fields and take produce to market.
One day Chi-ping goes to the stable to find that his horse has bolted. His neighbours rush round and say: ‘Oh Chi-ping, what are you going to do – how are you going to plough your fields and get your produce to market. This is bad news! Chi-ping responds by saying: Good news, bad news, who knows! The next day Chi-ping gets up very early. When he arrives in the fields he finds that his horse has returned with a herd of wild horses. His neighbours rush round and say: ‘Wow Chi-ping, your horse has returned with many more horses, this is good news! Again Chi-ping responds by saying: ‘Good news, bad news, who knows! The next day Chi-ping’s eldest son tries to break in one of the wild horses, he is thrown and breaks his leg. Good news, bad news, who knows! For the next day war breaks out in China and all able bodied young men have to go to war. Chi-ping’s son his laid up in bed with a broken leg and can’t go to war. Good news, bad news, who knows!
For me this story speaks many truths on many different levels. Any thoughts!