Shake It Off

When things don’t go your way during a round of golf, just shake it off and keep on going.


Here is a story that I ran across that vividly illustrates the power of shaking it off until things go your way.  It’s about a wise old mule and the moral of this story can help you stay positive until you overcome your challenges.

Once upon a time, there was a farmer who had a dry well on his farm.  It was about thirty feet deep and totally useless since it had been dry for many years.  One day his mule, which was very old, accidentally fell down the well.

Hearing strange noises coming from his well, the farmer looked down and saw his mule crying out.  At first the farmer didn’t know what to do because there was no way that he could lift the mule out of the well.  Since his mule was very old and the well was dry, the farmer decided to fill the well with dirt.  He figured the mule was going to die soon anyway and the dry well was a hazard.

So, the farmer got his shovel and started to throw dirt down the well.  When the dirt started falling on the mule’s back, the mule knew that he was in deep trouble.  So the mule started to shake off the dirt and step on it with his hooves.  Shovelful after shovelful, the dirt kept on coming, but the mule kept shaking it off and stepping up on it.

After a long time of continuing to shake off the dirt and stepping on it, the wise old mule found himself at the top of the well and walked away.

What a powerful story to remember when Old Man Golf is doing his best to bury you in your frustrations.

You always have a choice about your attitude and emotions.  You can be negative or you can smile and keep on shaking it off until you rise to the top like the wise old mule. You will always be better off staying positive than letting Old Man Golf with his amazing bag of tricks frustrate you and get you down.

Michael Anthony
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