Scoutmaster Minute: Maybe so, Maybe not
Lorie McGraw (llmcgraw@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Fri, 13 Feb 1998 04:34:16 +0000
My friend Dee sent this to me. I thought it would make a good Scoutmaster's
Happy Valentines Day to you all,
Found this today. It was called "Get comfortable not knowing"
There once was a village that had among its people a very wise old man. The
villagers trusted this man to provide them answers to their questions and
One day, a farmer from the village went to the wise man and said in a
frantic tone, "wise man, help me. A horrible thing has happened. My ox has
died and I have no animal to help me plow my field! Isn't this the worst
thing that could have possibly happened?" The wise old man replied, "Maybe
so, maybe not."
The man hurried back to the village and reported to his neighbors
that the wise man had gone mad. Surely this was the worst thing that could
have happened. Why couldn't he see this?
The very next day, however, a strong, young horse was seen near the
man's farm. Because the man had no ox to rely on, he had the idea to catch
the horse to replace his ox---and he did. How joyful the farmer was.
Plowing the field had never been easier.. He went back to the wise man to
"You were right, wise man. Losing my ox wasn't the worst thing that
could have happened. It was a blessing in disguise! I never would have
captured my new horse had that not happened. You must agree that this is
the best thing that could have happened." The wise man replied once again,
"Maybe so, maybe not."
Not again thought the farmer. Surely the wise man had gone mad now.
But, once again, the farmer did not know what was to happen. A few
days later the farmer's son was riding the horse and was thrown off. He
broke his leg and would not be able to help with the crop. Oh no, thought
the man. Now we will starve to death.
Once again, the farmer went to the wise man. This time he said,
"How did you know that capturing my horse was not a good thing? You were
right again. My son is injured and won't be able to help with the crop.
This time I'm sure that this is the worst thing that could have possibly
happened. You must agree this time."
But, just as he had done before, the wise man calmly looked at the
farmer and in a compassionate tone replied once again, "Maybe so, maybe not."
Enraged that the wise man could be so ignorant, the farmer stormed
back to the village.
The next day troops arrived to take every able-bodied man to the war
that had just broken out. The farmer's son was the only young man in the
village who didn't have to go. He would live, while the others would surely
The moral of this story provides a powerful lesson. The truth is, we
don't know what's going to happen---we just think we do. Often we make a
big deal out of something. We blow up scenarios in our minds about all the
terrible things that are going to happen. Most of the time we are wrong.
If we keep our cool and stay open to possibilities,we can be reasonably
certain that, eventually, all will be well.
Remember: maybe so, maybe not.
Lorie McGraw <firstname.lastname@example.org> DL P/410
Indian Waters Council, Columbia, SC
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