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Dec 31, 2011

இ SàiWēng shī mǎ 塞翁失馬

Just one last single lonely sheet of calendar left hanging on the wall for Year 2011 with only a teeny weeny little block to be crossed out before we blast off Year 2012 when the clock strikes at midnight. Reflecting over the months, life on the overall is like a roller coaster ride with ups and downs constantly in a state of flux. Congratz to those who lived life to their fullest meeting your desired achievements and for some not faring too well please do not despair. Every cloud has a silver lining @ 天無絕人之路 tiān wú jué rén zhīlù. Ending 2011 with an idiom hopefully it may strike a chord.

 塞翁失馬;焉知非福 pinyin:*SàiWēng shī mǎ;  yān zhī fēi fú* Sài Wēng lost his horse, is it [mis]fortune? (Idiom)

There is this old man called SàiWēng 塞翁, staying at the border of the northern frontier of China, who raised horses for a living. Out of the unexpected his prized horse ran away into the nearby mountains. On hearing this bad news, the neighbours came to offer moral support to comfort him. He surprised them by not getting upset at all and said "Perhaps this may turn out to be a good thing". Sure enough a few days later his prized horse return with a wild stallion. Again news spread to the whole village with the neighbours congratulating him. This time SàiWēng replied "Perhaps this may not be such good luck after all" which puzzled the neighbours even more. The very next day his only son was eager to ride on the wild stallion. Unfortunately he was thrown off the horse, hurled a few feet into mid air. That bad landing cost him dearly who suffered a broken leg and restricted his mobility probably for months to recover. The friendly neighbours came again to console SàiWēng, who wisely responded "Perhaps this may turn out to be a good thing". Sure enough few weeks later a warlord came to town enlisting young able men for battle. A blessing in disguise for SàiWēng's son who was of no use to the army with an injured leg. Almost all the young soldiers who fought in the battle field walked the road of no return as chances of survival are slim.



Moral of the story: Life is full of changes and challenges. One has to learn to face and accept losses and not to over react to misfortunes and the same not to be overjoyed by gains or successes. Things happen for a reason.  It is not often we are as fit as a fiddle or facing shortfalls meeting our target. 人無千日好, 花無百日紅 *Pinyin: rén wú qiān rì hǎo, huā wú bǎi rì hóng* literally. people no 1000 days good (healthy), flowers no hundred days red. Which means humans do fall sick once in a while within 1000 days and flowers shall not bloom forever over hundred days. Good and bad times do not last long forever. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst ~:~ 明天會更好 @ ~:~ míngtiān huì gènghǎo:: tomorrow will be a better day.

Happy is the man who can endure the highest and lowest fortune. He who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity has deprived misfortune of its power. ~ Seneca



Seizing this very moment to say THANK YOU to all my readers and for your invaluable and interesting comments. Wishing All A Blessed H:A:P:P:Y N:E:W Y:E:A:R 2012!!!
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rainfield61 said...

让我们期待

明天会更好!!!

Happy New Year to you.

Hayley said...

Happy new year 2012 to you, Bananaz...

reanaclaire said...

Create more Bananazzzz posts for 2012!!
Hap Pi Neu Ear To You, Bananaz and Mango!!

More joyous times and happiness ahead!!

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Hi Bananaz, happy new year to you and family. May you stay young & healthy and have a prosperous year.

lina said...

Happy New Year Bananaz!

And thanks for sharing the story. It's easy to be overjoyed when something good happen and being overly stressed when something bad occurs. But things happen for a reason.

The story is a good reminder to start 2012. ^^

lina said...

Hope we all have a fruitful 2012. There will be ups and downs but let's live our lives to the fullest and not regret not doing anything! :)

yvonne said...

Good shared story, Bananaz. This tells us to be optimistic and contented for everything. Yes, thing happens for a reason and I prefer to see my cup half full, to half empty :)

yvonne said...

Em, did Bananaz put up the 馬 character to represent Sai Weng's story? I thought you ought to put up dragon character for the upcoming year...

Happy new year to you and mango!

Lrong said...

Very good story, my friend... life is full of ups and downs... happy 2012...

eileeninmd said...

Bananaz, Happy New year to you! I wish you all the best in 2012.

MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE said...

Happy 2 zero 1 two to you & family!!! Yeah good & bad times are not forever

One said...

This story is always at the back of my mind. Happy New Year and may all your wishes come true in 2012.

Small Kucing said...

Happy New Year!

Leovi said...

Thank you very much for your company and share the magic of your message with the beauty and humor that characterizes you. I wish you a happy 2012.

Leovi said...

Thank you very much for your company and share the magic of your message with the beauty and humor that characterizes you. I wish you a happy 2012.

Kordo said...

Happy New Year, Bananaz!

Windsmoke. said...

Bonza story and Happy New Year :-).

Rad Sujanto said...

Happy New Year!!!!!
Let's be more banana! :DD

suituapui said...

Bye, bye, 2011 and thanks for everything. A very Happy 2012 to you and Mango.

Daisy said...

Happy New Year, Bananaz! Wishing you many blessings in 2012! :-)

wenn said...

Happy 2012!

Isaac Tan said...

happy new year my friend. Hope in 2012 we will finally get to have some tea together, with bananas also can XD

Latest: Queensbay Mall Countdown Fireworks

FiSh said...

agree with you that bad times do come and go. enjoy the bittersweet moments no matter how! :) happy 2012! have a blessed one.

Latest: Happy Hakka 2012!

Life Ramblings said...

Life is always about moving forward, and always changing. nothing stays the same forever.

Life Ramblings said...

may your coming `year be filled with an abundance of joy, laughter and good fortune. Happy 2012!

fufu said...

happy 2012 :)

[SK] said...

[SK] has always heard and use that phrase but never know about the story behind and its source.. thanks Bananaz to enlighten [SK] on the very first day of the new year, so that [SK] is more motivated and inspired to look forward of a new year~~ :)

[SK] said...

yes, let's always believe that tomorrow will be a better day!! god is always fair, when you are always down there will always be one day that you will be repaid with the equal amount of happiness.. :)

[SK] said...

wishing Bananaz and Mango a great new year 2012, and may the new year brings you even more joy, happiness, health and wealth!! HWAATT AAHHH~~

London Caller said...

Happy New Year!

Bananazஇ said...

Rainfield61 இ: Happy 元誕日 yuándànrì 2012. 明天会更好.

Hayley இ:Happy 元誕日 yuándànrì 2012

Reanaclaire இ:Shall need to tambah minyak at present 3 or 4 per month..haha. Happy New Year. Happy 元誕日 yuán dàn rì 2012.

Bananazஇ said...

Amelia's De-ssert இ: Always young at heart haha. Happy New Year 2012!

Lina இ:Fortune or misfortune is in our hands.. Happy New Year 2012!

Yvonne இ:Would prefer full cup haha. Still one month before reaching Dragon's year so can take a slow jog trot to Drag-on until then lolz. Happy New Year 2012.

Bananazஇ said...

Lrong இ: tQ hope you have a great time in Japan saw the countdown where the Nihonjin are using biodegradable balloons. Happy 2012.

Eileeninmd இ: Have a blessed Happy New Year 2012

MRC இ:Happy Two Jilo One Two 2u and family.

Bananazஇ said...

One இ:Your wish comes true in 2012.Happy 2012!

Small Kucing இ: May you have a blessed HNY together with Mama & Paparazzi.

Leovi இ: May you have a blessed Happy 2012 and look forward for more awesome abstract pixz. Oh got bonus a duplicate haha..Feliz Año Nuevo.

Bananazஇ said...

Kordo இ: Happy New Year Kordo have been visiting your blog but sorry soemtimes didn't leave my peels behind.

Windsmoke இ: G'Day mate Have a blessed New Year 2012.

Rad Sujanto இ: Happy New Year to you and family and may this 2012 gonna be a another great year.

Bananazஇ said...

Suituapui இ: KHHTC hahaha Kiong Hee Huat Tua Chai HUATTTTTTTTTTTT AHHHHHH!!!

Daisy இ:May you have a blessed New Year with abundance.

Wenn இ: Happy 2012, wishing you and family a prosperous year.

Bananazஇ said...

Isaac Tan இ: Kiong Hee Kiong Hee. Yes one day lai lim teh together. Happy 2012.

FiSh இ:Happy 2012. Life is impermanent. You made me wanna go for Hakka food. tQ

Life Ramblings இ:Echo you comments many many folds sama sama Happy 2012.

Bananazஇ said...

FuFu இ:Happy 2012 all the very best to you.

[SK] இ:Yes we don't know what life is store for us could only hope for the very best and prepare for the worst. Happy 元誕日 *yuán dàn rì* 2012.

London Caller இ:Happy 元誕日 *yuán dàn rì* 2012. May you be blessed super abundantly.

Bananazஇ said...

[SK] இ Sama sama we HWAATT AAHHH~~

CH Voon said...

Happy New Year! Woo woo...

How you celebrate the new year? with mango? i guess big dinner right?

Charmaine said...

Happy New Year, Bananaz!!
Wish you will get everything you want! hahaha!

Bananazஇ said...

CH Voon இ:สวัสดีปีใหม่ (sawatdii pimaï). Like that loh just as normal. So you are not a Patpong area huh? haha. Happy 元誕日.

Charmaine இ:Happy New Year 2012. May your wishes come true.

Leovi said...

After the party I have a headache and a bit of a hangover.

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

Funny thing is, I didn't see this post until today :>(

Good thing is, you started the year with wise words, a reminder to be positive in the face of adversity.

Happy New Year 2012!

May you have 'falling durians' (durian runtuh), i.e. unexpectedly good luck and fortune e.g. windfalls, in many areas of your life.

and,

May you experience 'gold rains' along your path - hujan emas to fill your life with abundance of wealth - water (hujan) and gold (emas)

Bananazஇ said...

Leovi இ:After effects could have pressure on the head haha. Ten cuidado.

Autumn Belle இ: Whoa love durians and windfalls and oh lagi best gold rains. tQ for your well wishes looks like a great year ahead for Bananaz. Wish you all the same too. Kamsia. Happy 2012.

Merryn said...

Ppl no 1000 days good but i wish i get at least 999 days good :P

Happy New Year to you and family. May 2012 be a blast and good one for us all :)

Netster said...

HAppy New Year my friend!

Life changes every minutes - I'm adopting what Steve Jobs says "Stay Hungry Stay Foolish"

This story is simply a good morale support :)

Bananazஇ said...

Merryn இ:OK wish granted 999 days for you haha. Happy 2012.

Netster இ: Hi Jong congratz for getting a new LCD TV to blast off the New Year 2012. Bananaz also likey this four words too "Stay Hungry Stay Foolish".

Faisal Admar said...

Happy new year Bananaz!

May this year will be better than last year and thanks for sharing the story :)

Rad Sujanto said...

Thank you for the wish for me and my family! :D

To you and yours as well! :D

Celebrate the new year throughout the year :D

Bananazஇ said...

Faisal Admar இ:Happy 2012 wish you all the very best.

Rad Sujanto இ:tQ Stay happy be happy.

Leovi said...

A beautiful story that helps us cope with the vicissitudes of life.

London Caller said...

Make 2012 Cuti-cuti Malaysia lah.
You should go and see our mangrove trees.
Then you realise, ah actually no need to go Europe, we also got so many pretty things.
I know, I know, when am I going back right?
I've been asking me the same question too.

How come these days I need to verify words before I can post my comments huh?

Bengbeng said...

Happy new year 2012 to you too. :)

Cloudia said...

Happiest New Year wishes
with Warm Aloha from Waikiki
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jam said...

Happy 2012! Indeed, life is full of surprises! If you live a life which is very much expected or you can predict everything in life, then one's life is a dull one!

EastCoastLife said...

Bananaz,
Each moment in a day has its own value. Morning brings HOPE, Afternoon brings FAITH, Evening brings LOVE, Night brings REST, Hope you will have all of them everyday. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012

Bananazஇ said...

Leovi இ:Good can be bad and bad can be good have to be cool calm and collected at all times.

London Caller இ:Just like the story of 'Acres of Diamonds' right go every where in search of diamonds when the actually they are right in his own backyard. Your wish is my command taken off the 'verification' already..~;).

Bengbeng இ:Happy 2012 to you & family.

Bananazஇ said...

Cloudia இ:tQ echo same to you with many folds Happy 2012.

Jam இ:True when life is predicable then its kinda boring. Happy 2012.

EastCoastLife இ:That's a good one HOPE, FAITH, LOVE & REST around the clock. tQ Happy 2012.

HappySurfer said...

Dear Bananaz, I wish for you all the good things that come with every new day. Happy New Year!

Bananazஇ said...

HappySurfer இ:tQ wishing you all the same lots of sunshine and every thing nice.

Sheoh Yan said...

Amazing! I was amazed by you, being a banana, can appreciate Chinese idiom that much and well. All the quotes that you share are very motivating and positive. Thanks a lot.

Bananazஇ said...

Sheoh Yan இ: Whoa that's 太過獎 *tài guòjiǎng* only know skin hair *皮毛* pímáo only bit by bit accumulated over the years more to learn. tQ for your encouragement will add oil..~;).

Kian Fai Koh said...

Happy New Year to you!

After reading all above, and thinking in my logic sense. I need more power! hahaha power as in my will power to support myself :)

London Caller said...

Ha ha... The forth monkey is play no evil!
No play play with the birds lah.

Bananazஇ said...

KIan Fai Koh இ: May the power be with you haha

London Caller இ: Monkey year will have to wait awhile to play.

Leovi said...

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. I love this phrase, I will try to follow to the letter.

Rad Sujanto said...

I'm gonna bake a brownie cake with mashed banana ;)

I'll let you know so you get jealous ;))))

Yee Ling said...

May 2012 will be a greater year to start ahead...

Happy New Year 2012, Bananaz!!!

lena said...

a very happy new year to you!! have a fruitful 2012 and looking forward to more of stories!

World Bookmark said...

Nice post. I like it. Keep going. Thanks.

New World Bookmarking said...

Good afford. I appreciate it. Thanks.

Best World Bookmarking said...

Commendable work. Looking for updates.

Bananazஇ said...

Leovi இ: Great.

Rad Sujanto இ:*Sobss* gonna miss your brownie cake with mashed banana..haha.

Yee Ling இ:Happy 2012 all the best to you too.

Bananazஇ said...

Lena இ: A Happy 2012 to you too, will gambate.

World Bookmark இ: tQ

New World Bookmarking இ: tQ

Best Wrold Bookmarking இ: tQ

Quay Po Cooks said...

I hope I am not too late wishing you a Very Happy New Year and may 2012 be a year filled with love, peace, happiness and good health for you and your family. Thank you so much for having this wonderful space for us to hang out. I have enjoyed every one of your posts since the day I found your blog and I have learnt a lot of Chinese idioms from you. Thanks again:D

Bananazஇ said...

Quay Po Cooks இ Never too late, 'got heart no afraid late' haha. Wish you & family all the same and Happy 2012. Bananaz has been loving idioms since young and would scribble them in English each time I hear something nice and useful. Am glad all my Chinese educated friends are very helpful seeing Bananaz so 'hot heart' to learn. Now it is even so much easier with internet whoa 'one sky bright all'. Sama sama.

 
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