Could Be Good, Could Be Bad: Staying Calm Through the Chaos
By Tom and Linda Peters
We meditate. We juice vegetables. We try to stay zen when muscle trucks tailgate us on the 405 freeway. But still, we sometimes lose our spiritual center and find ourselves gripped by the force of external events. Itís not easy to stay calm when it feels like your life is falling apart.
There is a Chinese expression ďOld Sai loses a horseĒ that comes from an ancient folk tale.
Old Sai lived in northern China. One day for no reason, his horse ran away. Everyone tried to console him for his bad luck by telling him what a terrible tragedy it was for him to lose his only horse. But all Old Sai said was, "Could be good. Could be bad."
A few months later his horse returned, bringing a gorgeous nomad stallion with her. All the villagers came by to congratulate Old Sai on his good luck. But all Old Sai said was, "Could be good. Could be bad."
Everyone admired the new horse, and how much richer it made his household. Old Saiís son was particularly fond of the stallion, but the horse was difficult to ride, and one day the horse threw him, breaking Old Saiís sonís hip. Everyone tried to console him for his bad luck by telling him what a terrible tragedy it was that his son was injured. But all Old Sai said was, "Could be good. Could be bad."
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