Clara Hinton
Grief Speaker, Author, and Workshop Leader

The Donkey, The Farmer, and the Well

8/10/2013 (Resilience)

I saw this on Facebook and this struck such a chord with me that I had to share it.  I don't know who the author of this is and by no means do I take credit for writing this encouraging story. 


Sometimes the problems of this life just seem to continue to pile up on us while we're sinking deeper and deeper into that dark, pit of despair.  When you're feeling discouraged and feel like all is lost, remember the donkey.  Take that dirt, shake it off, and take a step up!  Turn your worst problems into steppingstones by continuing to look up and keep moving! 


Here's to a better day!  Be encouraged! 


Clara Hinton


The Donkey, The Farmer, and the Well

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. 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!


MORAL : 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 steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

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