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 neighbours and together they started to
shovel 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
He repeated these words to himself again and again: „Shake it off and
step up“. This way he could struggle 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 to bury him, actually saved him, owing to his confidence and restless efforts.