The Farmer and the Horse

A cowboy riding a horse with a lantern in the night
December 25, 2023
The Special Crops markets are currently uneventful, with our previous analysis remaining in effect. The following commentary appears in Alberta and Saskatchewan weekly newspapers, including the Grain Report and Special Crops Report. On the surface, this commentary does not apply to grain marketing. I think it does.

In a world where information is readily available, it's not uncommon for our inboxes to be inundated with newsletters from various sources. Among the many talented authors sharing their knowledge and insights, Sahil Bloom's, "The Curiosity Chronicle", is a source of valuable and thought-provoking content.

In a recent issue, Bloom shared the parable of the farmer and the horse, which teaches us the power of cultivating a "maybe" mindset. Despite the villagers' insistence on labelling the farmer's experiences as either good or bad luck, the farmer consistently responds with "maybe." Through this simple yet profound story, we learn two important lessons: that life is cyclical and that we should allow events to flow past us without creating narratives about them.

The parable goes as follows: a farmer in a small village has a single horse that helps him earn a living for his family. When the horse runs away, the villagers express their sympathies, but the farmer simply responds with "maybe." Later, when the horse returns home with ten more horses, the villagers celebrate his good fortune, but the farmer again responds with a "maybe." When his son is injured while riding one of the wild horses, the villagers express their dismay, but the farmer responds with yet another "maybe." And when his son is spared from military service because of his injury, the villagers celebrate his good luck, but the farmer simply smiles and says, "maybe."

As Bloom explains, the "maybe" mindset allows us to see the cyclical nature of life and recognize that the seeds of creation are sown during times of destruction. By dispelling the narratives we create about our experiences, we can allow events to flow past us without attaching any particular meaning to them.

These lessons have profound implications for our daily lives. By embracing the "maybe" mindset, we can learn to appreciate the ups and downs of life without getting bogged down by them. We can recognize that even the most challenging experiences offer valuable lessons and opportunities for growth.

As we navigate an ever-changing world, it's important to remember the power of knowledge and the importance of a curious and open mind. Sahil Bloom's, "The Curiosity Chronicle", offers valuable inspiration and insight, reminding us of the infinite possibilities of embracing a "maybe" mindset.

Ultimately, as the farmer in the parable reminds us, we can discover the beauty and wonder of the world around us by keeping an open mind and embracing the unknown.

Life is good.

Trent Klarenbach | Klarenbach Research