Do not be quick to judge your circumstances – The Story of the Man with 7 Horses

There once was a man who lived near a village. This man owned 7 horses. One day, his seven horses ran away.

The towns-people came to the man and said, “oh, how unfortunate for you.”

The man replied, “Maybe.”

The next day, his seven horses had returned, but now they were eight. The towns-people came to the man and said “wow! what luck!”

The man replied, “Maybe.”

The next day the man’s son was riding one of the horses, when he was thrown off and broke his leg. The towns-people came to the man and said, “What a tragedy.”

The man replied, “Maybe.”

The next day a draft was issued and all able bodied sons were forced to go to war. The towns-people came to the man and said, “how fortunate you are that your son’s leg is broken and he is home and safe.”

The man replied, “Maybe.”

I recently heard this story told by a philosopher during a lecture, and I think it speaks to the fact that we can never really know what will come from events that occur in our lives. Something may cause us suffering, but it may also be used for something far better than we could have imagined.

Let us always maintain hope through every circumstance that it may guide us towards our most noble destiny.

 

6 Comments

  1. Ruth Kirk
    January 25, 2019

    Amen to what u]yiu wrote today xxx

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  2. Kate Hufstetler
    January 25, 2019

    I heard this story just slightly different many years ago. Thank you for this awesome reminder. We do not see what lies ahead of us and what good may come of it. We are called to give thanks though in all circumstances– even the ones that do not look well to start.

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  3. sitting bull
    January 27, 2019

    They told us this story at a Rosicrucian meeting once.
    I share it since – now via your link. Thank you.

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  4. Tony
    January 27, 2019

    Welcome done my Son in whom I’m well pleased… 👏 there’s always adventure in adversity as my friend Norman Grubb said, we are stewards of the mysteries of God 😉 love ❤️ you – we are all family

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  5. neilirving
    March 12, 2019

    Firm believer that everything happens for a reason

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