That’s Terrible! That’s Wonderful! That’s Life!
The following is an ancient Chinese parable that is told to this day because of the wisdom it contains. Once upon a time, a poor farmer was dismayed to learn his horse had died during the night. “That’s terrible,” his neighbors said, “how will you till this rocky soil without your horse?”
“That’s Life,” said the farmer to his friends. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the village, a certain rich man heard of the farmer’s plight and took pity on him, giving one of his very horses to the poor man as a gift. “That’s wonderful! How lucky you are!” exclaimed the farmer’s friends. But the farmer only said, “That’s Life!”
Just two months later, frightened by flashes of lightning and bursts of thunder during a fierce storm, the poor farmer’s horse leapt over and ran to the mountains. “That’s Terrible! What will you do now?” the farmer’s neighbors asked. “That’s Life!” replied the farmer. In less than three months time, and much to everyone’s amazement, the runaway horse returned to the farmer. But he did not return alone, he was accompanied a magnificent stallion. Now the farmer had two horses!And if his son worked with one and he with the other, they could accomplish twice as much. The neighbors marveled at such great fortune. “That’s Wonderful!” they said. But the farmer simply replied, “That’s Life.” Soon it was winter and no longer possible to till frozen soil. The farmer’s son thought this would be a great time to break in the new stallion for riding. However, the small, thin boy was no match for the mighty stallion. He was violently thrown from horse and severely injured, breaking his several bones in his leg.”That’s Terrible!,” said the neighbors, “now your son is lame.” “That’s Life!” came the answer.
In spring, a military officer came to the village. He took with him all able-bodied men to fight in the war taking place in a neighboring province. Sadly, many of the villages favorite sons died in the war. “How lucky you are your son is lame, for he is safe with you,” the neighbors said. Thanking them for their good wishes the poor farmers said, “That’s Life!”
The above story continues to be told because it is the microcosm of life. In just a few paragraphs it is possible to gain an understanding of important life principles. For example, something good can come out of something bad, so don’t moan about events if when you don’t know how they will turn out. Also, something bad can come out of something good, so don’t grow too attached to your fleeting good fortune. The most important principle in the story is that we can never know at any given moment whether our circumstances are ‘good’ or bad’. Only time will tell. So, how are we to treat life? With open arms,. accept things as they are. They are neither ‘good’ nor bad. They simple ARE. At all times, make the most of what you have. Another way of expressing the principle under consideration is in the end, everything will turn out alright. If it is isn’t alright, then it’s not the end. Many are blind to the joys of life. The cure for their blindness is not the sight but the insight. They don’t need eyes; they just need understanding. They just need understanding of life principles, such as nothing is what it seems to be. In other words, something that appears to be ‘good’ may actually be ‘bad,’ or something that appears ‘bad’ maybe actually ‘good.’
Our perspective, perception, viewpoint or attitude should not be based on the input of the sensory data; that is, it should not be based on the appearances of things. Rather, our view of life should be based on the light of knowledge and understanding. Perception comes from not what you see, but from what you are. If you’re unhappy, the problem lies within you. It is not the world that is unhappy, but it is you that are unhappy, so it is not the world that needs to change, but you that need to change. If you want to change the things, you must learn to change yourself. If you want things to improve, you must improve yourself. If you want your life to get better, you must make yourself better first. People are interesting. They go on doing the same thing they did exactly yesterday hoping that things will miraculously get better, which does not happen. It is obvious that if you’ll do the same things again and again, you will get the same result again. Everybody understands this, accepts this, yet does the same thing and expects the different result, which never happens. Judging people is like driving a car, we clearly see the headlights or glaring faults at us, yet our own headlights or faults are invisible to us. When we apply this knowledge, we will stop being offended by the actions (appearances) of others. We will see them not with our eyes, but with our hearts.
We all make mistakes, and we all make errors. It is a part of life. It is a part of us. if we did not make errors then life would be dull. Mistakes make you a stronger person, and makes you, yourself. These faults are from trials, and obstacles that get in our way. The blocks which whom knock us down. In which we have a choice to get up or not. We as people have to learn that just because we get knocked down, doesn’t mean we have to let go of our dreams and give up. Yes, life gives us so many trials that we can’t bare, or we can’t work through “some say” ,but these people don’t know how great it is to have mistakes to make us how we are today. yeah, it sounds crazy but it is true. Everything required to be happy and successful is inside. Most people find it hard to accept. They like to think that problems in their lives are because of others or external circumstances. But what one likes to think has nothing to do with what is. When a good archer misses the mark, he turns and looks for the reason within himself. Your failure to hit is not the fault of the target; to improve your aim, improve yourself. We are what we are because of ourselves. We will be what will be because none but ourselves.