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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Misfortune's Wisdom ~Ted Ning

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Ted Ning

Ted Ning

Ted is the executive director of LOHAS, Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability.

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

Misfortune's Wisdom


I have always had a fondness for inspiring legends or tales that have a nugget of wisdom attached. I recall a Chinese tale from Huai Nanzi about an old man who lost a horse. This fable seems very relevant in today's world:

One night the horse broke out of its pen and ran away. The man's son cried, "Father, our prized horse has run away! How could this happen. This must be the worst day of our lives!"

The father smiled and calmly replied, "Is that so? Are you so certain?"

Shortly after the horse came back and along with the single horse came many more and now the poor farmer had a herd of horses. The son happily exclaimed, "Father our horse has brought us more horses than I ever thought we could have! This is the greatest day of our lives!"

The wise father smiled and said calmly, "Is that so? Are you so certain?"

The next morning the son got up early to try and ride one of the new ...

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