The Wise Old Mule
Once there was a farmer who owned an old mule that accidentally fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard
the mule 'braying'- or whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the
farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of
Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened...and enlisted them to help haul dirt
to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.
Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit
his back...a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his
back...HE SHOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! This he did, blow after blow.</>
"Shake it off and step up...shake it off and step up...shake it off and step up!" he repeated to encourage
himself. No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought "panic" and just
kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!
You're right! It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, STEPPED TRIUMPHANTLY OVER THE WALL OF
THAT WELL! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him...all because of the manner in which he handled
If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or
self-pity...the adversities that come along to bury us usually have within them, the potential to benefit and bless