321: Good Luck, Bad Luck, who knows?

horsesAt my partner’s work a big contract came up. Everyone wanted to win it and be the person who took the project in hand. There was much bustling until the day when the person who got the project was announced. There was the follow ups of ‘that’s not fair,’ ‘I wanted that’, and ‘so and so should have got that’.

When the project began it became obvious that it was a really difficult one, fraught with many problems. The person who had battled to get it started to want out, there was a lot of stress and many obstacles. In short it was a nightmare.

Be careful of what you wish for.

How do you think Steve Jobs felt when he got fired from his own company? A few years later though, he went on to open the biggest animation studio Pixar. Good luck, Bad luck, who knows?

Practice for today: Neither congratulate yourself for a job well done, or berate yourself if you don’t get that promotion, who knows what the outcome of either will be.

Zen tale to illustrate the points above. Hope you enjoy it.
Once upon the time there was 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.

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