Farmer and the Donkey
day a farmer's donkey fell down into 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. He reckoned it just wasn't
worth the effort to retrieve the donkey.
So, 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 donkey
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. He was astonished
at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back,
the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off
and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to
shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and
take a step up.
Pretty soon, everyone
was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well
and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel
dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of
the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our
troubles is a stepping-stone. We can get out of the deepest
wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and
take a step up!
Remember the five
simple rules to be happy:
- Free your
heart from hatred.
- Free your mind
- Live simply.
- Give more.
Oh, and one other
The donkey later came
back kicked the crap out of the farmer who had tried to bury
him. Which brings me to another moral of this story: If you
try to cover your ass, it always comes back get you.