Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.

A farmer and his son owned a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living.

One day, their horse ran away and their neighbours exclaimed, “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck!”

The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

The next day the horses returned, with more wild horses.

The neighbours exclaimed, “That’s incredible, you’ve got more horses for nothing!”

The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

The next day his son, riding one the wild horses, falls off and breaks his leg.

The villagers cried, “I’m so sorry. Your son broke his leg, what terrible luck!”

The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, recruiting all the able-bodied boys for the army. They did not take the farmer’s son, still recovering from his injury.

Friends shouted, “Your boy is spared, what tremendous luck!”

The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

This ancient Chinese proverb teaches us that events cannot be declared good or bad, fortunate or unfortunate, until more time has passed.

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