Posted by: Anne | August 18, 2012

shake it off and step up!

Shake it Off and Step Up

There’s a story of an old dog that fell into a farmer’s well. After assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the dog but decided neither the dog nor the well was worth the trouble. Instead he decided to bury the old dog in the well and put him out of his misery.

When the farmer began shoveling, initially the old dog was hysterical. But as the farmer continued shoveling and the dirt hit the dog’s back, a thought struck him. It 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 repeated to encourage himself.

No matter how painful the blows or how distressing the situation seemed, the old dog fought panic and just kept shaking it off and stepping up! It was not long before the dog, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well. What seemed as though it would bury him actually benefited him — all because of the way he handled his adversity.

Read the full article at:
http://www.cloquetchurch.com/rising-above-your-circumstances-0

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