Good luck, bad luck, who knows?


Once upon a time, in a far away land, there lived a farmer with his family. This farmer had a horse that one day, ran away to the hills. So the farmer and his son had to plow their fields themselves. Their neighbors watched them working hard and said “Oh, we pity you, what bad luck that your horse ran away!” But the farmer replied “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”

The next week, the horse returned to the farm, bringing a herd of wild horses with him. “What wonderful luck!” cried the neighbors. But the farmer responded “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”

Then, the farmer’s son tried to ride one of the wild horses. He was thrown off and broke his leg. “Ah, such bad luck!” sympathized the neighbors. Once again, the farmer responded “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”

A short time after, the emperor recruited all young men to join his army for battle. The son, with his broken leg, was left at home. “What good luck that your son was not forced into the army!” celebrated the neighbors. And the farmer remarked “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”

A re-post from Eva Snijders’ blog.

So what’s happening in your life that seems good luck or bad luck?

[Photo of Chinese red lanterns – symbol of good luck – from Guilin]


Do You Believe in Luck?

0909 lucky coinsSomeone told me today that she would never go back to a particular city for vacation because last time she went there it brought bad luck on her. She then went on to explain how she had lost a lot of business when she returned from that vacation. And she is a very sensible and successful businesswoman!

I asked her what if it wasn’t the place, but the airline she had used. Or the hotel she had stayed in. Or the month/date of her travel. Or her companion on that trip. What if one or more of these things had brought the bad luck? I also asked her if she has ever lost business without going on a vacation, and what were the causes. She got my point, but she is still never going back to that city! Continue reading