Once upon a time there was an old man called Bob, who lived alone in a village. He would go about his business alone, even in his old age. He was a nice, friendly man who was liked by all the people in the village. Bob had only one son and he moved to a school far away from the village. Many people in the village always felt sorry for Bob, they knew he must be lonely. The villagers would always ask Bob if his son would ever return. To all of them, Bob would always say, "Whatever happens, happens for the good."
One day, the old man’s son returned to the village. The entire village was very happy for Bob, and a lot of villagers came over to congratulate him. Like always, the old man was polite. He thanked all of them for coming over and said, "Whatever happens, happens for the good."
A few days had passed, when one day, Bob’s son fell off a horse’s back and broke his leg. Once again the entire village came over to Bob’s house to visit his son. And once again the old man thanked them for their care and said, "Whatever happens, happens for the good." Some of the villagers were surprised to hear this and wondered what good could there possibly be in a broken leg.
A few days later, a small army of the local king came to the village and made all the young healthy men join the army. When they came to Bob’s house they found his son with a broken leg. So they left him behind. Once again, all the villagers came to the old man’s house to congratulate him for his good luck. And like always, the old man thanked them for their care and said, "Whatever happens, happens for the good.