Shake It Off And Step Up – The Lesson From An Old Mule

I found this beautiful story of the old mule and want to share it with all the Worldwide Supporters of Oscar Pistorius.

Marlenta Schröer


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 neighbours together, told them what happened, and 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 neighbours continued shovelling, and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. 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, blow after blow. “Shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up!” He kept on repeating this phrase 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.
You’re right!! It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well. What seemed like would bury him actually blessed him – all because of the manner in which he handed his adversity.
That’s life! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, refusing to give in to panic, bitterness, or self pity, the adversities that come along to bury us usually have within them the potential to benefit and bless us. Remember that forgiveness, faith; prayer, praise and hope all are excellent ways to “shake it off and step up” out of the wells in which we find ourselves!
~ Author unknown

2 thoughts on “Shake It Off And Step Up – The Lesson From An Old Mule

  1. This is great and inspirational. Thought they would bury him but there is always light and another day. Perspective and Perseverance. Shake it off and step up


    • How very true…….I always think of life as valleys and mountains.When one is down in the deep dark valley I tell myself that although people are kind and helpful they cannot feel the agony I am in. Yet one definitely feels God’ closeness as if He is saying…it’s only for a time and then I will lift you to the mountain heights again. And though there are moments of panic I find God places a feeling of calm as though one has been anaesthetised ……its odd its like the last 2 months of pregnancy where one almost becomes numb to any fear.And Ive asked myself why it is that life has these times of deep dark valleys and Ive come to the conclusion that it’s to bring us closer to God,to make us stronger and to enable us to be of help to others when they are in the depth of despair.Whichever way one looks at it,it is a terrible place to be but we need to remember that Jesus said,” I am with you always even to the end of time”……….Many,many prayers are prayed for you and the rest of your lovely family Oscar and we wait…….. for God’s timing is perfect. The day will come when you will once again be at the mountain top.


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