It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.
According to Chinese legend, when Sai Weng lost one of his prized horses, his neighbor expressed sorrow for his loss. But Sai Weng was unconcerned. He said, “Who knows if it may be a good thing for me?” Surprisingly, the lost horse returned home with another horse. As the neighbor congratulated him, Sai Weng said, “Who knows if it may be a bad thing for me?” As it turned out, his son broke his leg when he rode on the new horse. This seemed like a misfortune until the army arrived at the village to recruit all able-bodied men to fight in the war. Because of the son’s injury, he wasn’t recruited, which ultimately could have spared him from death.
This is the story behind the Chinese proverb which teaches that a difficulty can be a blessing in disguise and vice versa.
What About the Pandemic?
Without question, our lives have been transformed since the C0VID outbreak was declared a pandemic, causing significant changes to homes, working life, and stress —a test like no other. Never before have the lives of so many people around the world been affected at this scale or speed. Who knows where we go from here? Quoting from baseball player and philosopher Yogi Berra’s wise advice; “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
But what about now? What about you? How has your life changed personally and/or professionally over the past year? What have you gained? What have you lost? Any “silver linings”. Any lessons learned? Any wisdom to be shared?