Good luck or bad luck..Who knows?

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?

Who knows?


About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest is acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays.
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7 Responses to Good luck or bad luck..Who knows?

  1. Grannymar says:

    Sometimes you have to travel through the bad luck to reach the good.


  2. Barath Rajgopaul says:

    There is no good luck or bad luck or even luck, all of it is fate.


    • padmum says:

      Fate is preordained we think….but we do have the luxury of choice. We can fight it and win or lose—it would not be for lack of effort on my part.

      Sharanagathi–surrender–to the Almighty is one of the margams or paths to salvation. All that happens is the hand of the Divine.


  3. N. Srivatsa says:

    It is like que sera sera for most part. But, with just a little effort, you can draw up your own life chart. If what happens by itself is fate, what do you call it when you do something and something else happens! The old man’s right! Fate or luck is a load of muck.


  4. Rummuser says:

    Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself. ~ Zen Proverb.

    Isavasyam idam sarvam yat kim ca jagatyam jagat, tena tyaktena bhunjitha, ma gridhah kasyasvid dhanam (Isa 1)


  5. Oh I’ve heard this one before. Love it!


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