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Shake It Off and Step Up

I havce heard this story and it really does make one realize that sometimes the things we think may be hurting us are actually helping us... and on another similar note, sometimes when we give up and try to bury our problems they come up again...

Just a thought....

Setbacks happen.  Life is sprinkled with challenges as we navigate our way through our daily path.  Sometimes it is a minor annoyance, sometimes it is more serious; setbacks come in all sizes and impacts. 

 I like to start the week with a little motivational reading and today it is the source of inspiration for this post.  I'll paraphase and truncate it in my attempt to share it.

A mule fell into a dry well and cried out for help.  He knew he could not escape such a deep hole without assistance.  The farmer heard his cry, investigated and deemed the rescue impossible.  He decided to end the mule's suffering and began shoveling dirt and stones upon the mule's back.

The mule was confused when the first scoop full of debris hit his back.  When the second struck he felt betrayed.  When the third load fell on him he knew it was time for action.  He shook it off his back and stepped up.  The farmer continued to shovel and each time the mule shook it off and stepped upon the growing mound of soil and stones beneath his feet.

Amazed at his mule's will to overcome, the farmer called for his worker and together they shoveled, and the mule continued to shake it off and step up.  At the end of a long challenging day, the mule stepped up and walked out of the well.

Shake it off and step up. 


Thanks to Yoga For Every Body--the catalyst for this post.

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Comment balloon 1 commentMelissa Marro • November 15 2009 08:54PM


I absolutely love this story. I've heard it before and hold it near and dear when I go through challenging times.

Posted by Anthea Click, Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly! (Fresh Perspectives - over 9 years ago

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