Blessing or Curse?
Two men lost their way in a forest. The first one despaired, but the second one
said maybe some good will come of this.
They came upon a stranger who needed the second man�s help. The stranger turned
out to be a prince who gave the man a beautiful horse.
His neighbors praised his good luck and said, �How blessed you are to have such
a magnificent animal.�
The man said, �Who�s to say whether it�s a blessing or a curse?�
The next day the horse ran away, and the neighbors said, �How horrible that you
were cursed with the loss of your horse.�
The man replied, �Who�s to say whether it�s a curse or a blessing? Perhaps some
good will come of this.�
The next day the horse returned, leading five wild ones. �You were right!� his
neighbors exclaimed, �The curse was a blessing in disguise. Now you�re blessed
with six horses.�
The man replied, �Perhaps, but who�s to say whether it�s a blessing or a
The next day, his only son tried to ride one of the wild horses. He was thrown
to the ground and broke his leg. The neighbors said, �How wise you were. Your
blessing was really a curse.�
The man replied, �There may be good yet. Who�s to say whether it�s a curse or a
The next week, soldiers came through the village and took every able-bodied boy
to fight in a war where it was almost certain all would be killed. Because the
man�s son was injured, he was the only one not taken. �How blessed are you to
have your son!� the neighbors said.
The man replied, �Who�s to say? I don�t know whether there�s a curse in every
blessing, but I�m sure there�s a blessing in every curse.�
This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.
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