“I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. It just is.” Life & Story-telling

Something I tell my wife is: “It’s going to turn out how we least expect.”

Because that’s life. And that is also a key part of story-telling.

There once was a very poor man who lived in a kingdom. All he had was his son and six beautiful horses. One day the king rode by and saw the horses. The king offered to buy the horses for a very large sum of money. The man refused. His neighbors told him he was crazy not to take the money because the king’s offer was a very good thing. He replied: “I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. It just is.”

Two days after the king made his offer and the poor man turned him down, the horses broke out and disappeared. His neighbors looked at the poor man and said now he should feel very bad because he not only didn’t get the king’s money, but he also no longer had his horses. He replied: “I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. It just is.”

A few days later, the six horses came back with six more wild horses, just as beautiful. The poor man’s neighbors said: “What a good thing you didn’t sell them to the king. Now you have twelve horses.” He replied: “I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. It just is.”

While trying to break in the six new horses, the man’s son was thrown and shattered his leg, crippling him for life. The man’s neighbors said. “What a bad thing those six new horses are. Now your son is crippled for life.” He replied: “I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. It just is.”

A year later, the kingdom went to war with a neighboring kingdom, a war everyone knew they were destined to lose. When the levy came for young men to go fight, the poor man’s son wasn’t taken to go because of his crippled leg. The man’s neighbors said: “What a good thing that your son is crippled so he doesn’t have to go and die in this foolish war like our own sons.” He replied: “I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. It just is.”

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Originally published at www.writeitforward.com on August 26, 2016.

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