"Maybe" — a Zen Parable
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Once upon the time there was an old farmer who, for many many years, worked on his farm. One day it happened that his only horse ran away from him. When his neighbors heard the news, they immediately came to visit the farmer and called out:
“Such bad luck!”.
“Maybe,” the old farmer replied.
Not long, the horse returned again. Not only that, it even brought three other wild horses along.
“What a luck!” his neighbors exclaimed.
“Maybe” was the farmers response.
After a while the farmers son tried to ride one of the wild horses. He was thrown by the untamed horse and broke his leg. Again his neighbors came and started to spread the word about his misfortune.
“Maybe” was his answer again.
The day after that, some military officials visited the village to draft young and strong men into the army. But since his son’s leg was broken, the officials passed him by. The neighbors were surprised how nicely things had turned out and congratulated the farmer.
“Maybe” was all he said.