Impermanence, equanimity, and labeling & judging - they all go hand-in-hand.
To wrap up this week's topic, here is a famous Taoist story that offers several valuable lessons:
There was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years, and one day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit.
"Such bad luck," they said sympathetically.
"Maybe," the farmer replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses.
"How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed.
"Maybe," replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses and was thrown, breaking his leg as a result.
The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.
"Maybe," answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by.
The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
"Maybe," said the farmer.
Take these lessons into your weekend, and begin resisting the urge to label & judge when it arises. It's not hard - you just have to start.
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