One day a farmer’s donkey fell 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, the well needed to be covered anyway, and the donkey was not worth saving.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him.
They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well to bury the poor creature.
At first when the donkey realized what was happening, he cried hysterically.
Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer 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 incredible.
He would shake the dirt off and step up on it.
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 of getting out of life’s well is to shake off the dirt and take a step up, because each of our troubles is a stepping stone to recovery.
The five simple rules for success:
- Free your heart from hatred.
- Free your mind from worries.
- Live simply.
- Give more.
- Expect less.