A “Maybe” Story
by Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim
Your Silent Master consciousness urges you to have an attitude of letting go. You needn’t hold on to positive or negative conditions as though they will last forever; rather, let the flow from yin to yang to yin lead you into harmonious balanced, progressive change. Never be afraid of change. By letting go and listening to your Silent Master, all change should lead you into greater good. That is the purpose of change, and the purpose of life. And since I have always loved stories to illustrate a point, here is one of my favorites.
There was once a poor farmer living way out in the country. One day, while plowing his small field, his horse, his most prized possession, bolted and ran away, leaving the farmer behind. Even though he had been treating the horse very well and loved it very much, the horse didn’t come back to him when he called. The farmer tried to run after it, but all too soon the horse vanished in the distance. Sad and downtrodden, the farmer finished the plowing himself and went home late, late at night.
All the village people gathered around him and wailed, “Oh what bad luck! We told you that horse was no good. Oh, such bad luck! But the farmer jut replied, “Maybe.”
Meanwhile, the horse enjoyed his taste of freedom. He had been griping how unfair his life was, that all he ever had to do was work, work, work, when he would have preferred to just run around and have fun. So that day he decided to run away and be free. But very soon this freedom was boring. He had no job to do. He wasn’t important to anyone anymore. The band of wild horses he ran with also didn’t have much purpose.
He was starting to miss the farmer, the family, the familiar barn, and his work. He no longer enjoyed his so-called freedom. So, he decided to go home and take his buddies with him.
As the farmer was laboring all alone in the field, he saw his horse appear, and bring a herd of other horses with him. The farmer was so happy! He gladly took the horse back and made room for the newcomers.
And all the village people gathered around and smiled, “Oh, what good luck! We told you that horse was good luck! See, it brought so many other horses with him. What good luck!” The farmer just replied, “Maybe.”
The next day while the farmer was happily plowing the field with his horse, the farmer’s son began training the new horses. In the process, he got kicked very badly and broke his leg in many places.
And all the village people gathered around him and wailed, “Oh, what bad luck! We told you that horse was no good. Oh, such bad luck!” But the farmer just replied “Maybe.”
The war that had geen going on in the land drew closer to the farmer, and the government recruiters were looking for more young men to train as soldiers. All the young men of the village were taken, except for the poor farmer’s son, who was no good to anyone with a broken leg.
And all the village people gathered around and smiled, “Oh, what good luck! We told you that you have such good luck! What good luck!” The farmer just replied, “Maybe.”
And with that, I wish you all a very beautiful summer. Remember, the power is in you, it is your personal choice what you do in your life.
With love, from my heart to yours,
Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim
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