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How to react positively to any adversity

Motivational Story Time

A farmer owned an old mule which fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule braying. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. He called his neighbours together and told them what had happened and enlisted their help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put it out of its misery.

Initially, the old mule was hysterical. But as the farmer and his neighbours continued shovelling and the dirt hit its back, it suddenly dawned on the mule that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on its back it should shake it off and step up. This it did, blow after blow.

“Shake it off and step up, shake it off and step up, shake it off and step up” it repeated to encourage itself. No matter how painful the blows or distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought 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 the well. What seemed like it would bury the mule, actually blessed it, all because of the manner in which it handled its adversity.

That’s life. If we are faced with 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 us.