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Let's be honest, every morning we get bombarbed by bad news, drama, horrific stories, happenings of the unthinkable at every corner of society, and so on, that in the end it almost become a normal reality. There really isn't a lot of room for the true beauty of life in this modern era.
Kinda gets into a man's mind and soul, really.
Doesn't change the fact though that nothing will ever come good of choices based solely on fear.
It's painful to watch so many people fall for it.
originally posted by: St0rD
For this specific reason, let's talk about the good for once.
Let's talk about what good is happening in our life right now (and even in the world in general).
What are the positive things that we don't take enough time to talk about and be grateful for?
Please bring forth stories, perspectives, realizations and such that could bring some warm to our heart.
I think we all need it as of now.
Who Knows? The Farmer's Son: Fortune or Misfortune?
One day in late summer, an old farmer was working in his field with his old sick horse. The farmer felt compassion for the horse and desired to lift its burden. So he left his horse loose to go the mountains and live out the rest of its life.
Soon after, neighbors from the nearby village visited, offering their condolences and said, "What a shame. Now your only horse is gone. How unfortunate you are!. You must be very sad. How will you live, work the land, and prosper?" The farmer replied: "Who knows? We shall see".
Two days later the old horse came back now rejuvenated after meandering in the mountainsides while eating the wild grasses. He came back with twelve new younger and healthy horses which followed the old horse into the corral.
Word got out in the village of the old farmer's good fortune and it wasn't long before people stopped by to congratulate the farmer on his good luck. "How fortunate you are!" they exclaimed. You must be very happy!" Again, the farmer softly said, "Who knows? We shall see."
At daybreak on the next morning, the farmer's only son set off to attempt to train the new wild horses, but the farmer's son was thrown to the ground and broke his leg.
One by one villagers arrived during the day to bemoan the farmer's latest misfortune. "Oh, what a tragedy! Your son won't be able to help you farm with a broken leg. You'll have to do all the work yourself, How will you survive? You must be very sad". they said. Calmly going about his usual business the farmer answered, "Who knows? We shall see"
Several days later a war broke out. The Emperor's men arrived in the village demanding that young men come with them to be conscripted into the Emperor's army. As it happened the farmer's son was deemed unfit because of his broken leg. "What very good fortune you have!!" the villagers exclaimed as their own young sons were marched away. "You must be very happy." "Who knows? We shall see!", replied the old farmer as he headed off to work his field alone.
As time went on the broken leg healed but the son was left with a slight limp. Again the neighbors came to pay their condolences. "Oh what bad luck. Too bad for you"! But the old farmer simply replied; "Who knows? We shall see."
As it turned out the other young village boys had died in the war and the old farmer and his son were the only able bodied men capable of working the village lands. The old farmer became wealthy and was very generous to the villagers. They said: "Oh how fortunate we are, you must be very happy", to which the old farmer replied, "Who knows? We shall see!"
originally posted by: fiverx313
i started working on cutting back on drinking and then stopping. i started working on going outside more, going on walks. i started working on eating healthier, and doing more creative things, and actively seeking out things that i enjoyed and that made me happy. when i started to feel excessively anxious or angry or sad, i tried to figure out why, and if there was a thing i was focusing on too much, or a way i was thinking about something that might not be helpful or constructive.
and little by little i gained ground in all these areas, with some definite backsliding and pushing forward again, and persisted, and worked to try and feel better. i haven't changed the world, but i'm changing how i handle the world, and i feel better now than i have in a long time.
i wish the same for you.
originally posted by: St0rD
a reply to: muzzleflash
And I respect the weird balance of things. In fact, I've always used and enjoyed both side of the coin in my everyday life. Good and evil, gotta try them both to really know what you stand for.
The thing is it feels like the balance is being hijacked towards evil recently. I mean, just think about the genuine truth. Do you see it a lot all around you? Or is it more lies and deception?
So yeah, I'm sure the balance isn't quite at its best right now. We clearly need more good.