Page 15 - Survival Guide

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A parable is told of a fanner who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the
fanner's well. The fanner heard the mule braying. After carefully assessing the
situation, the fanner sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule
nor the wen 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 it out of its 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.
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," 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
wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped
triumphantly over the wall of that well.
seemed like it would bury him, but it
actually blessed him. All because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.
we face our problems and respond to them positively, and
refuse to give into panic, bitterness or self-pity, the adversities that come along to
bury us usually have within them the potential to benefit and bless us.
- Author unknown
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