In the ever-changing world of a small village, the villagers see things as either good or bad, the wise man accepts things as they are, and the man’s son stays open to possibility and finds gratitude in all that comes to pass.
This inspiring ancient parable answers the question: “What’s the best response to loss or pain?” and depicts the different attitudes to change and how staying open to possibility can create a joyous life filled with gratitude.
When bad things happen, the Chinese say “Sai Weng Shi Ma” – remember the old man who lost his horse. This refers to the ancient story of a wise man who remains calm when calamity hits and the villagers who are surprised when events turn out to be a blessing in disguise. This story dates back more than 2500 years to the time of Lao Tzu and has been told and retold by spiritual teachers through the ages to show the limits of judgement, the wisdom in equanimity, and the two sides to every circumstance.
Yet, this story has an even deeper lesson that has never been revealed. Until now.
This beautifully illustrated adaptation tells the previously untold coming-of-age story about the man’s son. Join the boy’s journey of discovery as he navigates through life with gratitude and shifts his attention from nature, to friendship, power, learning, and love.
“This ancient parable is beautifully illustrated and delightfully retold for a new generation of children. They will love its simple message of the power we have to choose our attitude to life. The Beautiful Mare will become a treasured favourite of every child.” – Petrea King, CEO Quest for Life Foundation, author of ‘Your Life Matters.’
“This is the children’s book I’ve been longing for. A meaningful story infused with deep wisdom and beautiful illustrations, which teaches the power of gratitude and the universal truth of impermanence. I’ll be recommending this book to every parent I know.” – Dr Elise Bialylew, Founder of Mindful in May, author of ‘The Happiness Plan.’
“As a parenting author, The Beautiful Mare wonderfully illustrates the invaluable lesson of parents’ encouraging children’s individuality and passions, whilst they learn to embrace, love and trust the flow of life. I LOVE this book, may it touch the hearts of children and parents everywhere.” – Lou Harvey-Zahra, Rudolf Steiner teacher and best-selling author of ‘Happy Child, Happy Home.’
Hardcover, 44 pages, full colour illustrations throughout.
Size: 250 x 240mm
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