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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Good or Bad - Hard to say!

I received the following stories from two colleagues and thought I would share it here:



First story

Once upon a time, an old man lost his horse, his neighbor consoled him.
The old man said : Good or bad, hard to say.

After a while, the male horse bring back a group of horses from the jungle. His neighbor congratulate him.

Old man said : Good or bad, hard to say.

The old man's son upon getting so many horses, rode on the wild horse and fell down, with a broken leg.

His neighbor consoled him.

Old man said : Good or bad, hard to say.

Then comes the recruitment for rookie/soldiers as it was war against the neighboring country,
the old man's son was not called upon due to his broken legs, so the old man can have his son
live together with him, while his neighbors' sons, most of them died in the battle.




Second Story


Once upon a time, there was a king. The king liked one of his followers very
much because he was very wise and always gave very useful advice. Therefore the
king took him along wherever he went.

One day, the king was bitten by a dog, the finger was injured and the wound was
getting worse. He asked the follower if that was a bad sign. The follower said,
Good or bad, hard to say'. In the end, the finger of the king was too bad that
had to be cut. The king asked the follower again if that was a bad sign. Again,
the follower gave the same answer, 'Good or bad, hard to say'. The king became
very angry and sent the follower to prison.

One day, the king went hunting in the jungle. He got excited when he was on the
chase of a deer. Deeper and deeper he went inside the jungle. In the end he
found himself lost in the jungle. To make thing worse, he got captured by the
native people lived inside the jungle.

They wanted to sacrifice him to their god. But when they noticed that the king
had one finger short, they released him immediately as he was not a perfect man
anymore and not suitable for sacrifice. The king managed to get back to his
palace after all. And he finally understood the follower's wise quote, 'Good or
bad, hard to say'. If he hadn't lost one finger,he could have been killed by
the native people.

He ordered to release the follower, and apologized to him. But to the king
amaze, the follower was not mad at him at all. Instead, the follower said, 'It
wasn't a bad thing that you locked me up.'

Why?

Because if the king hadn't locked the follower up, he would have brought the follower along to the jungle.

If the native found that the king was not suitable, they would have used the follower. Again, the quote 'Good or bad, hard to say' stands.

The moral of the story:
Everything that happens in this world, there is no absolute good or bad.
Sometimes good things turned out to be bad things eventually, while bad things
become a gain.

Whatever good things that happen to you, enjoy it, but don't have to hold too
tight to it, treat it as a surprise in your life.Whatever bad things that
happen to you, don't have to feel too sad or despair, in the end, it might not
be a total bad thing after all.

If one can understand this, he or she will find life much easier.
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