Food #2: A Wise Parable- Seeing Blocks as Stepping Stones
When Life Hands You Lemons,
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' - the mule's desparate cry for help.
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.
The farmer enlisted his neighbors 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 or his back
This he did, blow after blow. 'Shake it off and step
up - shake it off and step up!' he repeated to encourage
himself. No matter how painful the blows, or how
distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought
'panic' and just kept right on
You're right! It wasn't long before the old mule,
battered and exhausted,
What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him all because of the manner in 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 HAVE WITHIN THEM THE POTENTIAL TO BENEFIT AND BLESS US!
So the next time you
are confronted by a block
Credits: from a "Wise Parable" by Anonymous.
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