The I Don’t Know

I’ve been reading this book called “The Cow in the Parking Lot” by Leonard Scheff and Susan Edmiston. I wanted to share a short story from this book that recently changed my mind set on how to live my life and hopefully it helps you. “A landlord came to the Zen master in a state of distress. One of his stable hands had left the door to the barn open and his prize stallion had escaped. “What a disaster!” the man cried. The master replied only, “I don’t know.” The landlord left in disgust. A few days later, the stallion returned to the barn followed by three wild mares. The landlord returned to the master and said, “It wasn’t a disaster. It was a blessing” The master replied, “I don’t know.” The landlord left, doubting the wisdom of the master. When the landlord’s son was breaking the mares, he was thrown and broke his leg. The landlord returned to the master and told him of the event and said the master was right that it was not a blessing. The master replied, “I don’t know.” When the soldiers of the emperor came to recruit young men for an upcoming battle, they left the son behind because of his broken leg. The son said, “Father, what a blessing my broken leg is.” The Father said, “I don’t know.” This story really impacted me because so many things that we believe are a blessing may not be and things we think are bad for us in the long run might be for the best. We think we know what’s best for us, but the future is so uncertain. I thought that losing my girlfriend was the worst thing that has ever happened to me and that I’d be lost without her, I thought she was best for me but honestly, I don’t know. It might have been a blessing, but I don’t know yet because yes, I lost my best friend but I’m also experiencing life a lot more differently now than when I was with her. I think I’m wiser now and I tend to get out of my comfort zone more so this could be what I needed or maybe I did lose the best thing about me, but I’ll never know until life plays out. In the end of the day always try to be happy and be thankful for all the little things in your life. Love you guys!

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