Face Difficulties Positively

by Stephen on October 14, 2008 · 162 comments

in Moral Stories

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 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, 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 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 distressing 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 exhausted, 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 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.

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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ashley April 20, 2009 at 10:17 am

The story is really good i like it alot

2 Imole Joseph April 25, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Really inspiring!

3 Satender September 12, 2009 at 5:04 am

Excellent & highly motivating.

4 Jane September 12, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Great motivating story…


5 Priyanka.g October 1, 2009 at 7:18 am

Wow! Fantastic, marvelous, superb…

6 Uniayal T Krishan November 23, 2009 at 1:51 am

A most inspiring story to win over the tough situation in life.

7 KIFLAY EMMAM February 4, 2010 at 9:07 am

I like this story very much and I got advantage more in life to be more persistent and resistant! Thanks much more again!!!

PS: I am from Eritrea.

8 VIGNESH March 8, 2010 at 9:56 am

EXCELLENT…its abt convertin all ur “-” to “+”

9 Ashwin April 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

lol………………the mule has something inside his head…………………..anyway it is a good story

10 Dennis Tan July 20, 2010 at 7:15 am


11 Lidiya Varghese August 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Truly lovely and an inspiring one…..will share it with all my friends.

12 Hemanth (indian) October 1, 2010 at 1:30 am

Listen to ur inner words don’t listen any one words……

13 Parimalam October 24, 2010 at 9:21 am

Excellent story.

14 Mithun October 26, 2010 at 12:14 am


15 Sarah November 23, 2010 at 10:37 am

It has a lovely message.

16 SONA December 3, 2010 at 6:54 am


17 Naveen December 3, 2010 at 10:27 am

The story is exceptionaly good and conveys a for the hard working and inspired people. Gr888888888 one………

18 Prabhleen January 26, 2011 at 7:27 am

This story inspires people not to panic in bad times and face that problem bravely.

19 yogesh February 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm

this story inspires me a lot.after reading this i learn to face difficulties positively

20 manan February 19, 2011 at 9:44 am

whawww!!!!!!!!!! really mind blowing

21 Prim March 20, 2011 at 10:54 am

simply great!

22 Ria April 20, 2011 at 2:43 am

This is so remarkable… I really like this one 🙂

23 Jameel Shaikh May 23, 2011 at 3:51 am

Nice story

24 Ramakulai June 22, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Think a passitive way, when you are in trouble.

25 Genesil a.k.a. TASIW June 28, 2011 at 3:13 am

Very soul-consoling!!!!!!

26 Pawan Kumar June 28, 2011 at 9:21 am

I really appretiate this moral boosting story.. Superb…..!!!!!!!!!!!

27 Kevin Coutinho June 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm

This is a lovely and positive story! And it also gives a moral that if animal’s cat give up than why should we “HUMAN BEING’S”. IN LIFE NOT ONLY ENTHUSIASM BUT POSITIVE THINKING IS ALSO VERY NECESSARY!!

28 mai July 26, 2011 at 12:32 am

I find it hard to overcome the little difficulties in life.,, after reading this, I realized that I can overcome all the obstacles as long as im keeping my faith and be positive,.. thanks to the mule 🙂

29 Tanmaya Guru August 1, 2011 at 9:55 am

It is a really good story.

30 Ashna Sambhar August 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

When it rains, every bird takes shelter, except eagle. It avoid rain simply by flying above the clouds. Problems are common to all, ATTITUDE makes the difference…

31 Indu August 8, 2011 at 5:13 am

Very motivating story…. good

32 Sruthi August 19, 2011 at 10:35 am

It is… so good…

33 Sunil September 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Always face difficulties with courage & never give in, soon the difficulties will vanish. I liked the moral of the story. Thanks 4 posting the wonderfull stories.

34 Jo September 19, 2011 at 4:07 am


35 Thilagavathi October 3, 2011 at 4:54 am

Very nice sir, superb i like it very much thank your very much for sharing . a big Applause ………..

36 Basorun Gbenga October 5, 2011 at 6:57 am

What a mind blowing and life changing story! So inspiring.

37 Shawn Peterson October 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm

This was very inspiring to me. Thank you so much for posting it.

38 Richard Blanchard October 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

What a smart story.

39 Jasbir November 3, 2011 at 12:51 am

nice and inspiring story.

40 Amritha November 15, 2011 at 12:32 am

wow! a fantastic story…

41 Sudhakar Enjety November 22, 2011 at 9:52 am

It’s an excellent illustration which has to be applied in their daily life.

42 life December 1, 2011 at 6:21 am


43 MUKESH SAINI December 3, 2011 at 4:11 am


44 Mallikarjun December 4, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I read this story many times. Every time it fills me energy and enthusiasm to face my difficulties

45 MEHAR December 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Really nice to read

46 Pat January 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

Nice story

47 Prasad Jachak January 8, 2012 at 11:57 am

Thanks..really inspiring..

48 Grace Ityosaa January 30, 2012 at 5:35 am

Good one.

49 Monmon January 31, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Try to make your logo “be positive” for whatever you face.

50 Segun Dada February 5, 2012 at 10:56 am

Even those who are dear to u, or the people u are very close to turn their backs on God will give u courage to make success out of that predicament.

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