Shake It Off And Step Up

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule ‘braying’ – or – whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbours together and told them what had happened…and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back…a thought struck him. It suddenly 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 distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought “panic” and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!

You’re right! It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, STEPPED TRIUMPHANTLY OVER THE WALL OF THAT WELL! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him…all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.

Remember to step up no matter what others or life throws your way!

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Inspirational woman awards and networking event (pictures and feedback)

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It was such a privilege to be at the event. The event was so inspirational and I was moved beyond words to hear the stories of women who have not let their past or even circumstances stop them. There are heroes living among us and it was a pleasure to be in their midst

It was wonderful, inspiring, motivating and well presented

I really enjoyed coming, I was pleased to know that other women who have lost children still have the courage to move on, and not be bitter in spite of the circumstance. The speeches were really inspirational and has started to get me thinking of moving out of my comfort zone

Just wanted to compliment you on running an excellent event. I left truly motivated to try again and aim for the best

Everyone in that room was a blessing to me

I had a fabulous time. Thanks for the invite, much appreciated

It was great

Well done on your success this morning. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of a truly inspirational organisation

Very inspiring and fantastic event

I have learnt that success comes in all shapes and sizes. The speakers were top class and the audience were eager to stay and network

It was a beautiful day

Listening to Funke speak at the end of today’s brilliant event – a truly inspirational woman

Thank you so much for the event

I had a great time and as did my friend and her cousins. It was well organised and very informative

Thanks for putting on such a good event

Well done for today

I had a really good time at the event. It really was good to step outside the bubble, and focus on others for a change, and see the founder of the club putting other people first