Gust Avrakotos: There’s a little boy and on his 14th birthday he gets a horse… and everybody in the village says, “how wonderful. The boy got a horse” And the Zen master says, “we’ll see.” Two years later, the boy falls off the horse, breaks his leg, and everyone in the village says, “How terrible.” And the Zen master says, “We’ll see.” Then, a war breaks out and all the young men have to go off and fight… except the boy can’t cause his legs all messed up. and everybody in the village says, “How wonderful.”
Charlie Wilson: Now the Zen master says, “We’ll see.”
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Nothing is forever and not a single person on the planet can be sure of what’s coming. You’re a millionaire until you spend it or the market dives. You’re business is booming until it’s declining. You’re nobody until you’re somebody. Then you’re somebody until you’re nobody again.
Be strong in hard times, you never know how close or far you are from greater things.
Be humble in good times, you never know how close or far you are from terrible things..
No matter how much you know, be aware that you don’t know everything. Choose curiosity over arrogance.
We are only human. The future is not within our sight and the past never perfectly preserved. Find humility in all that you do not know.
Do not pause too long in your victory, no one else will.
I urge you never to get discouraged so that you give up on hope and never revel in your accomplishments too excessively. To react to all of life’s ups and downs is to find yourself bi-polar. Strive and invent not to arrive at happiness. Strive and invent, for the thrill of doing so is happiness.