Andrea Kelly shared a wonderful story about a wise farmer in one of her comments to a post of mine. She said I could share it with all of you. Thank you Andrea!:
‘One day a farmer’s horse ran away. When his neighbors heard they said, “Such bad luck.” The farmer just said “Maybe.”
The next morning his horse came back with three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” his neighbors said. “Maybe,” said the farmer.
The next day his son tried to ride one of the wild horses, but he was thrown and broke his leg. At this point his neighbors figured he had just about the worst luck ever. But the farmer just said “Maybe.”
Then a few days later, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Since the farmer’s son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. All the neighbors who’s sons were drafted congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
“Maybe,” he smiled.’