Once upon a time there was a farmer who had an old mule. The mule
fell into a deep dry well and began to cry loudly. Hearing his mule cry, the
farmer came over and assessed the situation. The well was deep and the mule
was heavy. He knew it would be difficult, if not impossible, to lift the
Because the mule was old and the well was dry, the farmer decided to
bury the animal in the well. In this way he could solve two problems: put
the old mule out of his misery and have his well filled. He called upon
his neighbors to help him and they agreed to help. To work they went.
Shovel full of dirt after shovel full of dirt began to fall on the mule's
back. He became hysterical.
Then all of a sudden an idea came to the mule. Each time they would
throw a shovel full of dirt on his back he could shake it off and step up.
Shovel full after shovel full, the mule would shake it off and step up. Now
exhausted and dirty, but quite alive, the mule stepped over the top of the
well and walked through the crowd.
A great attitude. A great way to approach life. Shake it off and step
Too often we hold on to what has happened to us.
We hold on to it for a week, a month, even years. We cannot shake it
loose from our memory. It eats away at us and steals our joy, happiness and
peace of mind. The past hurt can create feelings of bitterness, resentment,
anger and revenge.
We keep allowing these emotions to be thrown on our backs and if we do
nothing, we will be buried deep in the well. Walls will be built in
our relationships. We will avoid each other and the cold war begins.
But, we have a choice: keep it inside and embrace the hurt or shake
it off and step up.
Give it a try. Shake it off and step up.
Sent by my Friend Anitha Sridhar.