Here’s an interesting old story:
A farmer and his son had a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living. One day, the horse ran away and their neighbors exclaimed, “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck, right!?” The farmer replied:
A few days later, the horse returned home, leading a few wild mares back to the farm as well. The neighbors shouted out, “Your horse has returned, and brought several mares home with him. What great luck, right!?” The farmer replied:
Later that week, the farmer’s son was trying to tame one of the mares and she threw him to the ground, breaking his leg. The villagers cried, “Your son broke his leg, what terrible luck, right!?” The farmer replied:
A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, recruiting all the able-bodied boys to join the army. They saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg so they didn’t take him Friends shouted, “Your boy is spared, what tremendous luck, right?!” To which the farmer replied:
No event, in and of itself, can truly be judged as good or bad, lucky or unlucky, fortunate or unfortunate, but only time will tell the whole story. Additionally, no one really lives long enough to find out the ‘whole story,’ so it could be considered a great waste of time to judge minor inconveniences as misfortunes or to invest tons of energy into things that look outstanding on the surface, but may not pay off in the end.
The wise thing to do is to live life in moderation, find balance and keep your cool as much as possible, taking all things in stride, whether they originally appear to be ‘good’ or ‘bad.’
Rather than saying this is ‘good’ or this is ‘bad’ just say: “It will be interesting to see what happens.”