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    There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit.

    “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.

    “We’ll see,” the farmer replied.

    The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses.

    “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.

    “We’ll see,” replied the old man.

    The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.

    “We’ll see,” answered the farmer.

    The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.

    “We’ll see” said the farmer.

    Today I had my own personal experience of the old Zen master story. I was flying from Los Angeles back home to Denver. My flight was scheduled to leave LAX @ 5:30pm. Having completed things early and realizing it was only noon, I decided to see if there was an earlier flight.

    I logged on to the Frontier website, found my 5:30pm flight and decided to check in and print my boarding pass while online. I then called Frontier, as they had an earlier flight leaving LAX at 3:10pm. They had plenty of space still available. Good news, lucky me!

    Then the agent told me that since I had checked in online she was unable to change my reservation and book me on the earlier flight. Bad news.

    She went on to say that I could drive to the airport and do it there. Okay, good news.

    Traffic was heavy and what could have been a quick shot to the airport now looked like a daunting task. It looked like I would miss the earlier flight. Bad news.

    Then the traffic broke and I was able to sail at 65 mph the rest of the way to the airport! Very good news. At this point, recognizing the ups and downs of this situation and my judgment and attachment to it, I could hear the Zen master in my head laughing, saying, “We’ll see”.

    I stopped for fuel, only to find the credit card machine was broken. Spent my last twenty dollars cash on gas for the rental car.

    I made great time on the freeway and now knew I’d make the 3:10pm flight.

    I returned the car and took the shuttle to the terminal. The Frontier line was incredibly long and wasn’t moving. I stood in the same spot for 30 minutes and now doubted if I would make the 3:10pm flight. Bummer, bad news.  (Or was it?)

    After about 40 minutes the desk agent came and told us that due to weather in another area, our connecting plane was very late and the 3:10pm flight was delayed at least 8 hours, if it went out at all today. A lot of people were not going to get out of LA until the next day. Very bad news. My inner Zen master was chuckling.

    When I finally got to the counter the agent told me that I was still confirmed on the 5:30pm flight which was leaving on time. Woohoo! Lucky me. “We’ll see” was still playing in my head.

    The airport was already crazed with pre-Thanksgiving holiday travel and everyone was anxious to get to his or her destination. The plane was oversold and every seat was packed. I was assigned to seat 23F- the most uncomfortable seat on the place- the window seat in the very last row, which doesn’t recline.

    Got a message from my husband that he was flying in early tomorrow, asking if I’d pick him up and the airport at 9am. I decided to take the shuttle home so that I could save driving tonight and also save a round trip to/from the airport in the morning. I figured he’d like having the car there when he arrived and it would save me about 3 hours on the road. Good decision, right?

    Raced to the shuttle bus, which comes once an hour, only to realize I was $0.20 short on cash for the $11 cash only fare! Inner Zen master was now laughing.

    A kind couple gave me a quarter and I got on the bus.

    I was so grateful to be going home, when I realized that the remote to get in the house was in the car parked at the airport. Bad news.

    At that point I laughed out loud. Writing this blog in my head, I figured that in the worst case I could always crawl through the doggie door into our home if I had to. I know it’s below freezing and I’m only wearing a light sweater. I just wasn’t going to worry about it.

    Looking back over the day, I smiled at how the day unfolded. Once I realized the parallel to the Zen master story I experienced the drama with amusement and with no attachment to the outcome. Things seemed good or bad, when they were neither- they just were. By taking the later flight, I got home earlier. My catching the bus I left without the keys to the house. What seems to be good wasn’t. What seemed to be bad wasn’t. It just was.

    So many times in the past this experience would have made me crazy. I’m not sure why today was so easy. I had to write this blog for me- as a reminder to read on days when I am attached to the outcome of whatever I’m doing, When I’m able to catch myself in the moment, appreciate life for what it is, without the expectations of what I think it should be, life is so much sweeter.

    Will it be good news or bad news? It will be what it will be and my expectation or judgment of the situation doesn’t change anything except the level of my stress. And even if we have to go through the doggie door, life is still beautiful. Good news? Bad news? We’ll see.

    Gail Lynne Goodwin

    Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of InspireMeToday.com, bringing the best inspiration to the world. InspireMeToday.com provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter. Prior to InspireMeToday.com, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006. Gail is excited to present her latest course, Love in 21 Days, a step-by-step guide to finding love online. Love in 21 Days is founded on a logical process that has been tested - and proven! - by not only Gail, but also by students around the world who too have found love. Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. Follow Gail on Twitter or Google+.

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    1. Dr.Mani
      Dr.Mani says:

      Gail, great story. I can see a parallel when I take a much longer time frame and carry out the exercise you did over any 10 year period of my life. One of those is shared in the ebook I mentioned to you, “The Emotion Prism”.

      It also reminds me of something from Steve Jobs’ inspirational Stanford lecture – “You can only connect the dots looking back; you can’t connect them looking forwards.”

      How true!

      Enjoy life. It just is.

      All success
      Dr.Mani

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    2. dileepa
      dileepa says:

      Hi Gail

      First -Thanks for the tweet – else I wouldn’t be here.

      Lovely story – and you inspired me to write myself.

      Sharing some words I had come across ” For every ailment under the sun,
      There is a remedy, or there is none.
      If there is one, try to find it;
      If there be none, never mind it.

      Good wishes
      dileepa

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    3. Shel Horowitz, ethical marketing expert
      Shel Horowitz, ethical marketing expert says:

      Zen, hmmm? I’d always heard the parable as an old Jewish folktale from Russia. I was thinking of that story the other day as I arrived at my car. I’d been hiking with my wife and I took the dog back down the mountain before the top, because I had an appointment. And I got to the car and discovered SHE had the key! Got the park superintendent to drive me to the top of the mountain and find her, and was actually on time. And boy, was she surprised to see me materialize on the summit.

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    4. Aisha
      Aisha says:

      What a great story. As someone who travels frequently, it’s so important to practice non attachment, letting go, giving up. What a funny and beautiful reminder that wherever you are All is Well.

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    5. Carol Evans
      Carol Evans says:

      Great story and great attitude. Thank God you obviously have a large dog 🙂 I will have to remember this story and your day the next time I am having one of those days.

      Thanks for sharing.

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    6. Carla Masterson
      Carla Masterson says:

      Gail, I can so relate to this story. I read the same story myself on Osho.com. I love “Transformation Tarot”.

      Any way, like I was saying, I can relate. Life is just life and it is best to go with the flow. I am amazed how life transforms us weather we like it or not. We are forced to be patient! We learn eventually, wheather we like it or not.

      I am grateful for the growth. I am grateful for the Divine’s patience with me :- ) I imagine we all have made the Divine scratch its pervirbial head from time to time :- )

      Gail, I have had to survive and try to understand some pretty hard things in this life. However, I have never stopped loving life and I have always liked being here, no matter what. I think the real test of character is when you are given hard things to survive and regardless you make a pact with your self to be part of the cure and not the sickness. Just as my wonderful God Mother said to me, “Carla, it is easy to be a saint on a mountain.” Life is the true test of our character, and you my friend are doing some thing wonderful… HUGS TO YOU TOO!!!!! :- )

      In Highest Regard,

      Carla Masterson

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    7. Carla Masterson
      Carla Masterson says:

      Gail, I can so relate to this story. I read the same story myself on Osho.com. I love “Transformation Tarot”.

      Anyway, like I was saying, I can relate. Life is just life and it is best to go with the flow. I am amazed how life transforms us. We are forced to be patient! We do learn eventually, wheather we like it or not “LOL”!

      I am grateful for the growth. I am grateful for the Divine’s patience with me :- ) I imagine we all have made our guardian angels scratch their head from time to time :- )

      Gail, I have had to survive and try to understand some pretty hard things in this life. However, I have never stopped loving life and I have always liked being here, no matter what. I think the real test of character is when you are given hard things to survive and regardless you make a pact with your self to be part of the cure and not the sickness. Just as my wonderful God Mother said to me, “Carla, it is easy to be a saint on a mountain.” Life is the true test of our character, and you my friend are doing something wonderful…
      HUGS TO YOU TOO!!!!! :- )

      In Highest Regard,

      Children’s Book Author/Carla Masterson

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