Friday, November 30, 2018

A Parable On Adversity

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule braying, 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 and told them what had happened. He 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, it suddenly 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. "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 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 would bury him, actually blessed 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 into panic, bitterness, or self-pity, the adversities that come along to bury us usually have within them the potential to benefit us! 

This inspirational story and many more are found in our book Coach Yourself




Coach Yourself by Dan Spainhour

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