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Sai Weng Shi Ma

The ancient Chinese proverb, Sai Weng Shi Ma, translates to, “Mr. Sai loses his horse.” The proverb is used to explain how an unfortunate event can be a blessing in disguise.

The story goes: Mr. Sai’s horse ran away. His horse came back with a stallion. Mr. Sai’s son broke his leg, while riding the stallion. Since Mr. Sai’s son had a broken his leg, he wasn’t sent off to war.

After graduating from high school, I “attended” Seattle University. I wasn’t there for a semester. The rain, the gloomy weather, and being very homesick got to me. I packed my bags and jumped on the first flight back to Honolulu.

Things weren’t much better back home. I knew I disappointed a lot of people. In order to get my life back on track, I worked two part time jobs and took a night school class at the University of Hawaii.

When the spring session came, I enrolled as a fulltime student at UH. To be honest, I had no long term plan. I just wanted to get by so I could forget what happened in Seattle.

When it was all said-and-done, I graduated in 3.5 years with a near 4.0 GPA. A year later, I parlayed my academic success by getting a master’s degree in teaching. Who would have guessed?

Life is rarely a smooth road. It’s important to have perspective because you never know what’s going to happen next.


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