There once was a farmer, whose only horse broke free and ran away. All the neighbors came to lament his bad fortune, “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.” This Chinese fable of the farmer and his horse illustrates how seeming bad fortune can often be a blessing in disguise.
Notes from the Road
In seeking principles to live by, I’ve not come across a better, more comprehensive example than these shared by Dr. Jordan Peterson, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, in response to the question: “What are the most valuable things everyone should know?”
It’s often wild how different two people’s perceptions of the same events can vary. And it’s interesting to explore human brain development, vision, and how what you choose to focus on shapes your actual experience of life. To get different results, or an improved emotional experience, sometimes what we need most is a simple change of perspective, or a change of scenery.