There was an old mule. One day accidentally he fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer has evaluated the situation and thought to himself, that neither the well nor the old mule was worth the efforts to save them. Thus he decided to haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well.
So the farmer called his neighbors and together they started shoveling dirt into the well. The old mule was terrified and hysterical in the beginning. But soon one hopeful idea came to his mind – every time when a shovel of dirt landed on his back, he would shake it off and step up!
He repeated these words to himself again and again: “Shake it off and step up”. This way he could stiffle the panic and encourage himself. After some time, the mule had stepped over the well's wall. Although terribly tired, he was the winner, he saved his own life. He decided to face his adversity positively and not to give up, and thus he won.
What seemed like it would bury him, actually saved him, owing to his confidence and unresting efforts.
If the dirt hadn't fallen on him, he would not have been able to climb out! If he had not handled each shovelful of dirt with the thought of overcoming it, he would not have been able to climb out!
We need our adversities, we need our challenges, we need our obstacles. How we handle them, and what we become because of the way we handle them, is very important.