There is a parable from the Zen tradition that feels very appropriate for the events in our world the past week. Please read on….
Once upon the time, there was 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 will 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 attempted to ride one of the untamed horses. In that attempt he was thrown down to the ground and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on the farmer’s 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.
And on it goes. So whether you are elated or disheartened by Trump’s election, feel those feeling through until their end and honor your wise inner spiritual self who remains curious and content in the observation of how things unfold. Life is uncertain. When we fully acknowledge and accept this uncertainty, we may move from suffering to contentment, and perhaps even wonder. May you be content, may you honor your human feelings and may you remember to flex an attitude of curiosity. Much love.