I am in the process of writing my next book. I was going through some old files and found this story. I loved it the first time I read it and I was never able to find its original author. I hope you enjoy this wonderful parable as well.
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hour 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 it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. When the donkey realized what was happening he 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 by 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 pleasantly surprised 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.
Life is and then we tell ourselves a story – hopefully one that helps us get out of the well and not one that buries us in misery. The choice s always yours, choose joy!
With love and aloha,
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