March 22, 2009

Donkey in the Well (author unknown)

"One 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, it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. 

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 and was astonished at what he saw. With every 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 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!"


Lynn said...

This is a terrific story. May I copy it out and have it for clients to read? What a great analogy. Thanks Terry.

Libby Buttons said...

Boy, did I need to hear that ! Your donkey story has made me realize what an ass Iv'e been. Thanks for throwing down the rope, or should I say shoveling down some dirt ?
with gratitude

Diane Folks said...

What a timely story! I sometimes feel like dirt is piling down on me from up on high. I didn't get to tell you today, but Peter is a HUGE donkey fan. He has a wonderful collection of donkey figurines. There's a story behind it all. I'll let him explain.