A young Chinaman lived on a farm with his father. One day a wild horse found it's way into the farmer's gate. The young Chinaman, seeing this marvelous specimen of a horse took this opportunity and closed the gate.
The town folk gathered at the farmers gate and responded "What a great horse you have found. What good luck you have.This is good."
The next day, the farmers son, decided to mount the horse. But being a wild horse, the young man struggled to stay on but was thrown to the ground.
The father came out and found his son with a broken leg. The breaking of the horse would have to wait.
The next day, the town folk gathered at the farmers gate, and seeing the son with a broken leg, they responded..."We thought that this was a good thing, but now it seems we were wrong....this is bad. It's too bad that this horse came here."
A short time later the Emperor went to war. He demanded all the young men had to join his army and prepare for war. Any that refused would suffer harsh consequences. The farmers son with a broken leg was excused because of his injury.
The next day the town folk gathered at the farmers gate, and responded.." This is good after all, the horse and your son breaking his leg was a most fortunate thing. Now your son is spared from going to war."
Meanwhile the Emperor and his army fought a great fight and were victorious. It was a splendid battle, with only minor casualties. The Emperor was so overwhelmed with his men, that he promised each man 50 acres of undeveloped land!
There was celebration and a great national sense of pride.
The farmer, of course, didn't get anything because his son was excused.
Soon after, the town folk gathered at the farmers gate and responded..." This is bad after all. It's too bad this horse came here. Your son broke his leg and could not go to battle with us and receive 50 acres of land...this is bad after all."
The moral of the story?...We don't always know what is good or bad for us.