A farmer owned an old mule which
accidentally fell into a disused well.
After assessing the situation, the
farmer decided that neither the old
mule nor the well were worth saving.
So he called his neighbours together and got them to bring
mud with them with which to bury the old mule.
At first the mule was hysterical, but then it occurred to him
that every time a shovelful of mud hit his back, he could
shake it off and step up on it.
So this is what he did, blow after blow. "Shake it off and step
up," he repeated to himself.
In time, and to the astonishment of the farmer and his
neighbours, the old mule was able to step triumphantly over
the wall of the well.
Moral: When life throws mud at you, shake it off and step