Once upon the time there was an old farmerwho had worked his crops for many years.One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.

“Maybe,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned,bringing with it three otherwild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors 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 neighbors again came to offer theirsympathy on his misfortune.

“Maybe,” answeredthe 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 neighbors congratulated the farmeron how well things had turned out.

“Maybe,” said the farmer.
I've lived long enough and had enough positive and negative things happen to me successively to find this proverb true. I can not always be so calm and balanced in the way I immediately perceive life altering events that at first seem overwhelmingly negative to, but usually I come around. the true stance of stoicism is not indifference as commonly perceived, but openness to all possibilities and the complete lack of judgement. for in the great chain of events that influence our lives, what happens next is anyones guess.
CopperCoil CopperCoil
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2 Responses May 13, 2012

This is why I love you in every way possible. Beautiful.

This is exactly how I approach all oncoming events<br />
"Maybe"<br />
I never get too excited, and I never get too bogged down...just somewhere down the middle...wait and see how this ends!<br />