If we lose our horses, we know that we are not blessed, and we will lose our horses, and we are not blessed. It is an analogy that although you suffer a loss for a while, you can get benefits because of it. It also means that bad things can turn into good things under certain conditions, and vice versa. To describe a person’s mentality, we must be optimistic. Everything has two sides. The bad side may be transformed into the good side.
邻居听说马自己回来了，都感觉非常的惊讶，于是就向塞翁道贺说：“还是您老有远见，马不仅没有丢，还带回一匹好马，真是好福气呀。” 塞翁听了邻居的祝贺，反到一点高兴的样子都没有，忧虑地说：“哎，白白得了一匹好马，不一定是什么福气，也许惹出什么麻烦来呢。” 邻居们这时候又觉得心里不舒服了，塞翁心里明明高兴，却有意不说出来，还说什么会有麻烦。
There was an old man in the Warring States Period, everyone called him Saiweng. He likes horses very much, and he has many horses in his family. One day, he went to herd horses on the grassland. When he came back in the evening, he found that one horse was missing from the herd. Several days passed and I couldn’t find it.
When the neighbors heard about this, they all came to comfort him. Losing a horse is no big deal, and don’t worry too much. People, older, and more attention should be paid to your body. Sai Weng thanked everyone for their comfort, so he smiled and said to everyone: “It’s really not a big deal to lose a horse, maybe it will bring me blessings.”
The neighbor heard what Saiweng said, but found it funny. The loss of the horse is obviously a bad thing, but Sai Weng thinks it may be a good thing, obviously it is only self-comforting. Everyone didn’t take this seriously, but after a few days, Saiweng’s horse not only ran home by itself, but also brought back another steed horse.
The neighbors were very surprised when they heard that the horse had come back, so they congratulated Saiweng and said, “You still have a long-term vision. Not only did you not lose the horse, but you also brought back a good horse. It’s a blessing.” Saiweng listened. The neighbor’s congratulations did not appear to be happy at all, and he said anxiously: “Hey, it’s not necessarily a blessing to get a good horse in vain. Maybe it will cause some trouble.” The neighbors felt upset at this time. Feeling comfortable now, Sai Weng was obviously happy, but deliberately didn’t say it, and said that it would be troublesome.
Said that Sai Weng has an only child and likes riding horses very much. After the horse that had been lost in the family brought back the horse, he hurried to see it, and saw the horse, sī loud and loud, and stubborn, and he knew it was a good horse. He likes it so much, so he goes out on horseback every day, very proud of it.
One day, he went out on horseback as usual, but he didn’t know what was going on, and fell off the back of the horse while the horse was galloping and broke his leg. This time the kind neighbors heard that they all came to comfort Sai Weng.
Sai Weng said, “Thank you for your kindness, but it’s nothing. It may be a blessing to save his life after breaking his leg.” This time, the neighbors felt that he was talking nonsense again. Because everyone really can’t think of the blessings that a broken leg will bring.
Soon after, the Huns invaded aggressively, and all the young people in the village were drafted into the army, but only Sai Weng’s son was unable to serve as a soldier because he broke his leg. In the cruel war, many people fought with the enemy on the battlefield for the country. They were either injured or lost their lives. However, Saiweng’s son saved his life by breaking his leg.
This story later evolved into an idiom called: If we lose our horses, we should know nothing but good fortune! It tells us that good things and bad things, advantages and disadvantages, are not absolutely the same. Even if they suffer losses for a while, they may benefit from them.