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Blessings in Disguise

There's an old Zen story, "Good Luck, Bad Luck." A farmer in China had one horse and one son. The son used the horse to plough the field. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer's neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?" A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, "Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?" Then, when the farmer's son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. The farmer's only reaction was, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?" Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer's son with his broken leg, they spared him and he stayed in the village. The farmer again, replied, "Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?"

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This tale often resonates with me from time to time, especially as Nella Yoga starts a new chapter at our new location at 5504 Troost Ave, KCMO 64110. As I often share our story of relocating, I am reminded there is always what we see and what we don't see. I hope this tale brings you some comfort as you may deal with life's challenges and celebrate your successes.


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