“This parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule praying or whatever mules do when they fall into wells.
“After carefully evaluating the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together, told them what had happened and solicited their help to haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well, and put him out of his misery.
“At first, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and throwing 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 would 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 how difficult the situation seemed, the old mule fought panic and just kept right on ~ Shaking it off and stepping up!
“It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and worn out, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well!
“What seemed like it would bury him actually helped him . . . all because of the manner in which he handled his difficulty.
“Life is like this ~ If we face our problems and respond to them positively, refusing to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity, we too, will overcome triumphantly!”