Sunday, 21 March 2010

SUSAN ASHTON: "Blessing In Disguise"

塞翁失馬 (Sāi Wēng shī mǎ)

"Sāi Wēng Lost his Horse"

Sāi Wēng lived on the border and he raised horses for a living. One day he lost a horse. His neighbour felt sorry for him, but Sāi Wēng didn’t care too much about the horse, because he thought there were worse things in life but to lose a horse. After a while, though, the horse returned with another beautiful horse, and the neighbour congratulated him on his good luck. But Sāi Wēng thought that maybe it wasn’t a good thing to have this new horse.

Nonetheless his son liked the new horse a lot and often took it out riding. One day, Sāi Wēng's son fell off the horse and broke his leg. Because of his broken leg, he couldn’t go off to the war, as was expected of all the young men in the area. Most of them died in the war.

This proverb is said when bad luck turns to good. Certain bad luck is actually a blessing in disguise.

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