How to Look on the Bright Side

As much as we try, life won’t ever be 24/7 sunshine and rainbows. Lows happen to all of us. When we find ourselves in these places it can be hard to remain optimistic and look on the bright side. 

Today, we want to share with you a story from the book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff. Keep this story in mind when you find yourself feeling that life is unfair or working against you. 

We hope this story inspires you … 

There once was a village that had among its people a very wise old man. The villagers trusted this man to provide them answers to their questions and concerns.

One day, a farmer from the village went to the wise man and said in a frantic tone, “Wise man, help me. A horrible thing has happened. My ox has died and I have no animal to help me plow my field! Isn’t this the worst thing that could have possibly happened?”

The wise old man replied, “Maybe so, maybe not.”

The man hurried back to the village and reported to his neighbors that the wise man had gone mad. Surely this was the worst thing that could have happened. Why couldn’t he see this?

The very next day, however, a strong, young horse was seen near the man’s farm. Because the man had no ox to rely on, he had the idea to catch the horse to replace his ox – and he did.

How joyful the farmer was. Plowing the field had never been easier. He went back to the wise man to apologize.

“You were right, wise man. Losing my ox wasn’t the worst thing that could have happened. It was a blessing in disguise! I never would have captured my new horse had that not happened. You must agree this is the best thing that could have happened.”

The wise man replied once again, “Maybe so, maybe not.”

Not again, thought the farmer. Surely the wise man had gone mad now.

But, once again, the farmer did not know what was to happen. A few days later the farmer’s son was riding the horse and was thrown off. He broke his leg and would not be able to help with the crop.

Oh no, thought the man. Now we will starve to death. Once again, the farmer went to the wise man.

This time he said, “How did you know that capturing my horse was not a good thing? You were right again. My son is injured and won’t be able to help with the crop. This time I’m sure that this is the worst thing that could have possibly happened. You must agree this time.”

But, just as he had done before, the wise man calmly looked at the farmer and in a compassionate tone replied once again, “Maybe so, maybe not.”

Enraged that the wise man could be so ignorant, the farmer stormed back to the village.

The next day troops arrived to take every able-bodied man to the war that had just broken out.

The farmer’s son was the only young man in the village who didn’t have to go. He would live, while the others would surely die.

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Often, we feel like whatever’s happening is the worst thing possible, only later to discover it was a blessing in disguise.

If we’re lucky, we see a silver lining rather quickly, but sometimes it takes weeks, months, or even decades to realize what we once considered unwanted or unfair, was actually a gift.

Next time you have a, “This is the worst thing that could ever happen!” moment, I hope you remember this story and keep in mind, maybe so, maybe not.

It could make a world of difference in how you feel.

Have a wonderful weekend, friend!

XO,
Emily and the EveryDay Happy Team

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Quote du Jour

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.” — Mandy Hale

 

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