Anything that happens to you… whether you think it’s good… or bad… or terrible… just wait. Think about something you love that is in your life… is it possible, that if something you perceived as bad at the time had not happened, that you may not have that thing you love in your life right now?
Whether something that happens is good, bad or whatever… just wait. And see. But either way, it doesn’t matter… all life is experience. The stuff that happen in life are events. Minus any judgement, they are things that happen. They are the things that happen during living our lives. They are the things that we call life.
This is the story of a Taoist farmer whose horse ran away (from Alan Watts’ The Watercourse Way):
That evening the neighbours gathered to commiserate with him since this was such bad luck. He said, ‘May be.’ The next day the horse returned, but brought with it six wild horses, and the neighbours came exclaiming at his good fortune. He said, ‘May be.’ And then, the following day, his son tried to saddle and ride on of the wild horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. Again the neighbours came to offer their sympathy for the misfortune. He said, ‘May be.’ The day after that, conscription officers came to the village to seize young men for the army, but because of the broken leg, the farmer’s son was rejected. When the neighbours came in to say how fortunately everything had turned out, he said, ‘May be.’