A mule fell into a farmer’s unused well. The farmer heard the mule braying and, after carefully assessing the situation, decided that neither the mule nor the old well were worth saving. He decided to kill two birds with one stone by filling in the old well and burying the mule to put it out of its misery.
As he shoveled dirt into the well, the mule became hysterical. However, as dirt hit his back, he’d shake it off and step up. He seemed to calm down as the process went on, continuing to “shake it off and step up” as the well gradually filled up.
It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly out of the well. Although at first it had seemed like the dirt would bury him, instead it ended up helping him. All because of the way the mule kept its head when things looked bleak.
That’s life! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, refusing to give into panic, bitterness or self pity, the adversities that come to bury us can have the potential to benefit and bless us. So if you’re stuggling, just “shake it off and step up”!