The MAYBE PERSPECTIVE
Like all good stories, I stumbled upon this one at the right time.
I was teaching a group of MBA students and coaching a stressed out director on the same day.
It was a couple of years after the 07/08 financial crash and the recession was starting to bite even harder and deeper.
Front of mind for both the student group and the client was worry about what the future now holds for them. They felt their carefully designed plans had been hijacked and there was little they could do about it.
The night before, something I read in an old book impelled me to look something up… and this led me to discover this text, simply written on a single page with no context.
I read it out ↓
A farmer had worked his crops for many years.
One day his horse ran away.
Upon hearing the news, his neighbours came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.
“Maybe…” the farmer replied
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses.
“How wonderful!” the neighbours exclaimed.
“Maybe…” replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg.
The neighbours again came to offer their sympathy… “What a misfortune.”
“Maybe…” answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by.
The neighbours congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
“Maybe…” said the farmer.
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