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Does everything happen for a reason?

April 02nd, 2019

This is an interesting blog by Antony Tinker, “I learned about leading – from Erik’s story”


Hi all


On a recent trip to the US with some entrepreneurial colleagues, I was talking over breakfast with Erick and we were telling each other our stories and loving the fact that the most bizarre coincidences can lead to the most profound events to unfold.  Erick then told me a (slightly extended) version of this story I have since found on the web….. (here’s the link, but copied the text below:-  https://impossiblehq.com/well-see/)



Once upon a 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, “you must be so sad.”

“We’ll see,” the farmer replied.

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

“How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed!  “Not only did your horse return, but you received two more.  What great fortune you have!” 

“We’ll see,” answered the farmer.

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.  “Now your son cannot help you with your farming,” they said.  “What terrible luck you have!”

“We’ll see,” replied the old farmer.

The following week, military officials came to the village to conscript 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. “Such great news. You must be so happy!”

The man smiled to himself and said once again.

“We’ll see,”



Those of you who have worked with me closely will know that one of my mantra’s is “everything happens for a reason”.  The point of this story is to help us realise we should never overreact to events and situations that happen to us.  Sometimes the most disappointing and painful things can be the breakthrough we are looking for.  I personally find that knowing that “everything happens for a reason….I just don’t know what it is yet” is a massive calming thought for me and puts me in the right frame of mind to focus on what matters in the moment and smile and carry on.


Have fun today.  Keep your snow globe settled!  And, when those unexpected things hit you, just smile in wonder as to what the universe has in store next on your journey😊


After all, iTS Leadership!


Antony Tinker

Leading Director


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