The following day, his horse returned with six stallions alongside it. The townspeople said, "How wonderful! You have six new horses!" The farmer responded, "Maybe yes, maybe no."
A few days later, the farmer's son was trying to break in one of the stallions when he was bucked off, breaking his leg. The townspeople said, "Oh, how awful! Your poor son!" The farmer said, "Maybe yes, maybe no."
A week later, the army came through town, drafting all the young men to fight in war. Except -- the farmer's son was injured, and so couldn't go. The townspeople cried out, "You're so lucky! Your son is saved!" The farmer responded, "Maybe yes, maybe no."
We can all see the lesson in this story: that it would have been a mistake for the farmer to overreact to his circumstances -- either good or bad -- because in the end he did not know how things would turn out. The problem is, though, that most of us are more like the townspeople than the farmer.
Know you are blessed,