One day a farmer’s horse fell down a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.
Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, so it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the horse. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him.
They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the horse realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the horse was doing something amazing! He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel the dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the horse stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off.
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. To overcome you must make it a habit to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles and challenges are stepping stones. We can get out of the deepest “well” by learning to focus on the good in the bad and by never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!