Maybe Yes, Maybe No

There’s an old Buddhist story about a farmer.

The farmer’s horse escapes and all his neighbors commiserate.  The farmer says “maybe yes, maybe no” when they exclaim how bad this is.

The farmer’s son catches the horse and all the neighbors state this is good. The farmer repeats, “maybe yes, maybe no.”

The son falls off the horse and breaks his leg.  “How awful!” they all exclaim.  “Maybe yes, maybe no,” says the farmer.

The soldiers come along drafting young men, but leave the farmer’s son behind because of the broken leg. “How lucky you are,” they all say. 

Again the farmer’s only response is “maybe yes, maybe no.”   And so the story goes.

I got my tax refund on Friday (hoo-rah!)  My water heater died today (oh no!)


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