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Face Difficulties Positively

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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  • Tim March 23, 2017, 2:33 am

    The story is actually coinciding with what am facing in life,but am definitely inspired.Thanks a million….

  • shweta November 22, 2016, 1:01 pm

    Wonderful story .very motivational

  • soul October 18, 2016, 4:26 am

    Wow..very inspiring.. Been negative still childhood lost self respect no family non friends this story really inspire me

  • Jude October 3, 2016, 10:14 am

    Amazing# positive# real motivating stories

  • Mhynne December 11, 2015, 12:38 am

    Wow its nice,!

  • Liyakat Aly October 22, 2015, 8:37 am

    Very true! As positive thinking elevates all the problamatic stuff out of our mind.

  • Habil October 11, 2015, 7:23 am

    This is superb story,
    Really inspiring me

  • Jamie Bowden October 9, 2015, 5:21 pm

    Amen Amen Amen! Absolutely awesome!

  • St. Aar'z kc (Santaraj) September 18, 2015, 6:22 am

    That was just so..so..so inspiring. I’m inspired. Thanks author. 🙂

  • IYAJI SEIDU June 3, 2015, 11:09 pm


  • Sreelakshmi May 2, 2015, 10:45 am

    Always think positively, we have to overcome troubles…

  • Isabelita pagcaliwagan February 23, 2015, 1:40 am

    Having difficulties, trials, problems, burdens and etc… are really a part of life and we cannot exclude it. but if you know that God is with you in everyday of your life, you will have the courage to face any hindrances in life..

  • Ambika Sharma December 30, 2014, 11:04 am

    Shake it off and Step up!!!!! Its really inspiring

  • Ruben13 December 8, 2014, 1:22 pm


  • Whitney sam October 19, 2014, 4:58 pm

    This is d best

  • Sanchari October 6, 2014, 12:25 am

    I really appretiate ppl who share such such stories… they dont know how much this can mean to ppl who are facing ordeals.

  • Nikki Anike October 5, 2014, 8:14 am

    Very inspiring.. it has really changed my life. I have not been able to share with my friends
    Sooo sad. It time l sent to their mails, it doesnt go…

  • Gouri July 29, 2014, 12:11 pm

    It’s like every coin has two faces…. it’s upto us to select the best one.

  • Jagan July 19, 2014, 3:21 am

    Too great… hats off to old mule… this story changes the humans also…

  • Soumya June 27, 2014, 2:49 pm

    This is a remarkable story. It touched my heart. It’s got an inspiring message.

  • Kiruthika May 28, 2014, 4:21 am

    Really wonderful!!

  • Pallavi Singla April 9, 2014, 9:02 am

    Awesome motivating stories….

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