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's wails of sorrow. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer felt sorry for the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened and asked 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 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 is what the old mule did, blow after blow. "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! You guessed it! It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would bury him, actually end up blessing him. All because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.
- Author Unknown
For me this has been very true in the last few years, handling home, kids, career seemed too much, with my positive thinking attitude and gratitude, coupled with faith in God and self has helped me to see the blessings in adversity.
Today I want to be thankful for all the problems, challenges, and adversity’s in life – for they have in fact helped me not only become a better person, but has also kept me balanced and happy.
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~Buddhist Saying
Be Blessed & Be Happy !
Note: Some of the pictures used are from Google free images, I acknowledge with gratitude.