Flowing with Tao

One of my favorite spiritual stories  is the tale of an old  Taoist farmer who had worked his crops for many years.

One day his horse ran away.

Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “We’ll see,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed. “We’ll see,” replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “We’ll see,” answered the farmer.

The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. “We’ll see,” said the farmer.

This story illustrates the Taoist philosophy of allowing life to happen. Flowing with it, rather than fighting it and allowing things to be, without excessive rumination, thought, or planning.  One of the things I have taken to heart is the reminder that no matter how bad an event might seem, something good may come of it.  You don’t know where it will lead you.

I broke my own leg at the end of February last year.  I couldn’t work for 2 months, and on the surface, it sucked (obviously). But it was one of the best things to ever happen to me. I learned so much from the experience.  I was fortunate enough to realize it for what it was at the time. An opportunity for learning, introspection and to change directions.  This blog is a direct result of that injury. A series of timely coincidences and opportunities lead me to start writing for a now defunct blog, (and I actually got paid to do so). That experience boosted my confidence in my writing skills while I was planning and plotting out this blog.

I learned other invaluable lessons that I’ll write about in a future post, but the most important one really was to appreciate whatever life throws at me, because it is always an important lesson, and it will most likely lead me in directions I couldn’t even imagine.

From taoistic.com