The brave old mule
There was once a farmer that had an old mule.
Unfortunately, one day, the mule fell into the well in the yard.
The farmer heard the mule screaming in pain and even though he liked the mule, he decided that neither the mule nor the well are not worth the trouble of saving.
He got together the neighbors and asked them to dig up dirt to bury the mule with the well. That way, he will solve both problems at once.
At first, the old mule panicked. Not only was he on the bottom of the well, now they were trying to bury him alive.
But as they kept throwing buckets of dirt at him, an idea sparkled.
He realized, that every time a pile of dirt hit his back, he just had to shake it off and climb on top of it.
That is exactly what he did. Every time a pile of dirt landed on his back, he shook it off and stood on it. That is how he continued to encourage himself to keep going, one bucket of dirt at a time.
Despite the pain and the humiliation, the old mule fought bravely and kept stepping up.
It wasn’t long before the beat up but victorious old mule stepped out of the well, and jumped over the edge.
The farmer and the neighbors were amazed. What seemed at first to bury the mule, turned out to be what saved his life.
At first I wasn’t sure about the story because it seems cruel, but the point it’s making is amazing.
Sometimes in life there are situations that seem just too difficult to bare. Is it possible to shake off the dirt and step on top of it?
How victorious would we come out the other end?
Imagine that feeling of stepping over your troubles instead of getting buried by them. To me, that’s an encouraging picture.