Bad Luck Is Sometimes Good Luck

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage GREC #208281


That's Good. Perhaps.  That's Bad. Perhaps.

Key Points

  • It's never as good as it seems
  • It's never as bad as it seems
  • It's all good


A Zen koan that I see play out many times.

"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 fortune,” they said sympathetically. “We’re so sorry”. “Perhaps,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “What great fortune!” the neighbors exclaimed. “Perhaps,” 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. “Perhaps,” 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. “Perhaps,” said the farmer…"

Sometimes I'm accused of not caring because I might not show much emotion, either happy or sad. I guess I've just seen too many instances of what that farmer experienced.

Many times it's difficult to really know whether something is good or bad until you see how things eventually play out and you have the benefit of hindsight.

One of my favorite movies is a prime example. "Cinderella Man" is a true story about James Braddock, a down and out boxer, coming back against all odds. He breaks his right hand in a fight which then almost keeps him from being able to earn a subsistence living working on the docks.

You pity the poor guy. Why can't God give this guy a break? He has to cover up the fact that he has a broken hand so he doesn't lose his job. It's during the Depression and his family is just about starving to death.

But a short version of the Zen koan above is

"God works in mysterious ways".

When is a broken right hand of a fighter actually a blessing in disguise? When it forces him to develop an incredible left hand which then eventually allows him to beat the "man killer" Max Baer for the heavyweight title.

I think of this when I hear about so many teenage suicides. They give up the fight too soon. Who knows what great things were in store for them. It's never as bad as you think. What seems to be a "bad" thing might just be getting you ready for the great things to come.


I think of this with the recent celebrity suicides.  

So my advice is to never give up.

Don't get too excited and don't get too depressed.

It's all good.

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About the Author:  Tim Maitski has been a full time Realtor since 1999. He has sold several hundreds of homes in areas around metro Atlanta.  Tim started with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta and is now with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage.


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Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realtors® • South East Florida • Real Estate Brokers - Miami Beach, FL
Waterway Realtors, Notary Public 786-229-7999

If it weren't for bad luck - I'd have no luck at all. Many misfortunes are actually blessings in disguise. Nice Post! Tim Maitski  

Jun 13, 2018 08:48 AM #1
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

We just never know what's next.  I recently had a deal where the buyer backed out on my seller.  It was crushing to her, but we had faith that it would still turn out okay.  As it turns out, better than okay.  Back on the market with 4 offers the first day, the net was she's coming out $7,000 ahead of the original contract.  And on a $125k home, an extra 7k is a huge difference. 

Jun 14, 2018 07:36 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tim. This is thoughtful and very on the mark. Well done.

Jun 14, 2018 08:03 AM #3
Ezra Beyman
Empire American Holdings - Manhattan, NY
Ezra Beyman is a seasoned real estate professional

I love it! Take negative experiences and turn them into positive opportunities. Thanks for sharing!

Jun 14, 2018 02:59 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Tim- I love how your mind thinks! You are so right, though, you never really know how things will turn out until they do. 

Jun 16, 2018 11:25 AM #5
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