Just like blessings in disguise, there may be troubles in disguise as well…
I wish to share a beautiful Russian story.
Once there lived an old man in a village in Russia. He was in his seventies but was still healthy. He used to roam nearby villages on his horse for work or for pure leisure. He had a fine horse…many-a-times his horse saved him from difficult situations. This old man loved and cared for his horse like it was his own child.
One day, the old man went to his farm walking. When he came back, he saw that his horse had run away! All the other villagers thought he won’t be able to tolerate this shock. Many of them went to the old man and tried to console him.
But, the old man laughed at them and told them “You people are thinking that my horse ran away and so I am in misery and pain. You have come to console me and for that I am grateful. But I am not in pain. You have to let go of things in life…”
After few days his horse came back. But this time the horse wasn’t alone; many wild horses came following the horse!
After running away from old man’s house, the horse wandered into the jungles. In those jungles there were many other horses. Wild horses always live in groups called a band. So, where one horse goes all other horses follow. When the old man’s horse decided to return back to him, it ran away towards the village again and all other horses followed the horse.
And the old man kept them all! On hearing the news, the villagers came to congratulate him. He again laughed and said “I don’t think there is need for you to congratulate me. Nothing great has happened.”
After a few days, one of the wild horses kicked the elder son of the old man. His son became a handicapped person due to the injury. The villagers again came to comfort the old man. But, again old man smiled and said, “I don’t think it any calamity has struck on me or my son.” The people thought old man had gone crazy.
But, when after a few days Russia declared a war against a neighbour state, Russia faced riotous casualties. All the young people of the country were forcefully sent into army. Many soldiers died in the war. But, since the old man’s son was handicapped, he wasn’t in the army and his life was saved.
So, the moral of the story is – sometimes when something good happens, it may actually be harmful for us. And, sometimes when something bad happens, it may actually be a blessing in disguise. Never judge by appearance.