Acceptance

Maybe

There is a Taoist story of an old 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.

“Maybe,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses.

“How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.

“Maybe,” 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.

“Maybe,” 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.

“Maybe,” said the farmer.

Ada cerita Tao mengenai seorang petani yang menggarap lahannya selama bertahun-tahun. Suatu hari kudanya lepas dan lari. Para tetangga mengetahui hal itu dan mendatanginya.

“Sungguh sial sekali” Ujar mereka dengan simpati. 

“Mungkin” Jawab si petani tua.

Keesokan harinya kuda tersebut kembali dan membawa serta tiga ekor kuda liar lain.

“Sangat beruntung” Para tetangga mendatanginya dan mengucapkan selamat.

“Mungkin” Jawab sang petani lagi.

DI hari selanjutnya, putranya mencoba menjinakkan salah satu kuda, namun ia terjatuh dan mengalami patah kaki. Sekali lagi para tetangga datang dan menyatakan rasa simpati atas kemalangan yang menimpa sang petani.

“Mungkin” Jawabnya.

Beberapa hari kemudian, tentara tengah berkeliling untuk mengunpulkan para pemuda yang masuk dalam daftar dinas militer, namun ia mencoret nama putra sang petani karena patah kaki yang belum pulih. Para tetangga pun datang lagi untuk mengucapkan selamat atas keberuntungannya.

“Mungkin”

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