The Donkey in 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.

So the farmer invited 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 steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up!

Shake it off and take a step up.


The donkey later came back, and bit the farmer who had tried to bury him. The gash from the bite got infected, and the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock.


When you do something  wrong, and try to cover your ass, it always comes to bite you back!


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