Sunday, August 5, 2007

SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP

This parable about a farmer who owned an old mule impressed me very much. It came with one of Sattaluri's non stop forwards. Most will be usually ridiculously philosophical or incredibly girly type. I mostly delete all after one look. But this one really made the point. Sharing it with you guys...

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 was 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!
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 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 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!

Arun

5 comments:

P.L. Frederick said...

Nice ending. You have given me much to ponder. One of the things is that the donkey is smarter than I am!

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P.L. Frederick
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