Thursday, November 28, 2013


A Story

What is LUCK? 

Do you believe in GOOD LUCK and BAD LUCK?

Is there such a thing as GOOD FORTUNE and MISFORTUNE?

Do you have a FATE or DESTINY?

How can you be lucky?

The answer to all these questions lies in the famous parable OLD MAN AT THE FORT 


An Old Man was living with his Son at an abandoned fort on the top of a hill, and one day he lost a horse. 

His fellow villagers came to express their sympathy for this misfortune.

But the Old Man asked them, “How do you say that this is a misfortune? The fact of the matter is that one horse is missing and there is one horse less in the stables. That is the fact. Whether it is good luck or bad luck – well that is a matter of judgment.”

A few days afterwards, the Old Man's horse returned with a number of wild horses.

The villagers came again to congratulate him on this stroke of fortune.

But the Old Man replied, “How do you know this is good luck? The fact of the matter is that there are more horses in my stable than before. Whether it is good luck or bad luck – well that is a matter of opinion.”

With so many horses around, his young son began to take to riding in a big way. 

One day while riding a wild horse the Old Mans Son was thrown off and broke his leg and the accident made him lame in one leg. 

Again the neighbours came around to express their sympathy, and the Old Man replied, “How do you know this is bad luck? The fact of the matter is that my son is lame in one leg.”

A few years later a great war broke out. 

All the able bodied men were forcibly conscripted into the army and all of them were sent to the battlefield to fight in the war.

The war was so terrible that all the young men of the village were killed fighting in the war.

Because the Old Man’s son had a broken leg, he was not conscripted into the army.

So the Old Man’s son did not have to go to the battlefield and his life was saved.

All the villagers had lost their sons in the war.

And all the villagers were envious at the Old Man’s good fortune” as he was the only one in the village who still had a living son.

But this time they did not say anything to the Old Man.

They knew what the Old Man’s response would be. 

If they complimented him on his good fortune, they knew that the Old Man would say: “How do you know that this is good fortune? The fact of the matter is that my son is alive. That is the fact. Whether it is good luck or bad luck – well that is a matter of opinion.”


This parable drives home the lesson that there are no such things like good luck and bad luck.
Like the events in the story, sometimes what you think is “misfortune may be a precursor to “good fortune.

Sometimes, so-called “bad luck opens the door to good luck

Life goes on.   

Things like Destiny, Fate, Luck, Fortune do not exist  it is all in the mind – it all depends on how you look at it – your attitude towards the events that happen in your life.

So, how can you be “lucky”?


Just do what the Old Man did. 

Accept things as they come, don’t resist too much, flow along with events as they happen and go along smoothly living your life.

Do you agree? Or is there some other way to become lucky?

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