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Summary: Story of how the mule faced a tough situation

The mule in the well!

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule

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 were worth the

trouble of saving. 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!

It was not 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 his adversity.

THAT’S LIFE! If we face our problems, 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 us!

Remember FORGIVENESS-FAITH-PRAYER-PRAISE and HOPE.... all are

excellent ways to "SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP" out of the wells

in which we find ourselves!

{This was forwarded to me in an e-mail - I do not know its origin)

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