Maybe so, Maybe not. We’ll see….

My all-time favorite Fable is the one of the Chinese farmer.

Several years ago when I first read it helped me to shift my perspectives to become more welcoming and less judgmental of life experiences, learning to view things in life from more of a wholistic perspective instead of the limited perspective of my personality.

If you’re not familiar with it goes something like this:

There was farmer and his son who lived in a country village working the fields with their beloved horse. One day, the horse ran away and the village people exclaimed, “Your horse ran away, how bad for you!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not.”

A few days later, the horse returned and brought with it several wild stallions.  All the people from the village came to the farmer saying, “What great luck, how happy you must be!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not.”

The next day, the farmer’s son tried to tame one of the wild horses, and she threw him to the ground, breaking his leg.  Again, the villagers cried, “Your son broke his leg, how sad for you!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not.”

A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, recruiting all the young men for military service. Seeing the son’s broken leg, he was the only youth not drafted.  The villagers shouted once again, “Your boy is spared, how good this is!” To which the farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

What lessons and insights can we reap from this fable?

The so-called bad things in life can be blessings and similarly the things you thought were so wonderful can end up causing you much grief. So instead of judging the events in your life as good or bad, keep a “we’ll see” mindset remembering to stay neutral: not getting too elated or too brought down by any life situation.

It’s our personality perspective that judges things as good, bad, happy or sad.

But if you will shift to a soul perspective you will see things from more of a wholistic and or neutral view and invite and accept all experiences into your life as part of the journey.

Practice dropping the labels of Good, Bad, Happy and Sad and notice what may be.