Posted by: Lea | October 6, 2008


Once upon the time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. When his neighbors heard the news, they 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 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 their sympathy on his misfortune.

“Maybe,” answered the farmer.

A day later, 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 farmer on how well things had turned out.

“Maybe,” said the farmer.



  1. Life seems to be full of maybes whether they be good or bad and we never know how either will turn out, but I always try to find the silver lining and look for that cracked window when the door closes, sorry if that makes no sense to you, but it does to me…lol

  2. Hi Jude

    Very true and I do understand what you mean. Many times we might think something is closed to us, when all is needed is for us to look a little closer. Love and many blessings to you and your family.

  3. Yep ! Its all in the way we think..our perspective..! We have to train ourselves to accept everything happening to us is for a better tomorrow and above all trusting in God Almighty completely gives us the peace and bliss from within.I admire that old farmer’s heart to accept what was happening to him I know its difficult very difficult indeed!

    • I agree angeljude. And yes, it can be somewhat of a challenge to immediately see the underlying blessings in events that might be thought of as ‘less fortunate.’


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