Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I got this in a mail today, and thought it was wonderfully inspiring. For me personally it was a reminder that no matter how bad things look, there is always a silver lining if one looks for it.

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a dry
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!

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.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.

Free your mind from worries - Most never happen.

Live simply and appreciate what you have

Give more.

Expect less


Mimi said...

great post to remind us that we need to take what life offers us and use it for "God's Glory"
we can indeed make the most of every situation...

Mary said...

How true, we need to see that there are worse things out there

Mike Golch said...

Good posting,thanks for it.I hope that you and yours have had a good day.

Denise said...

Oh Girl..... that painted such a picture for me...... I could see that sweet donkey shaking that dirt off his back! What a visual.... We as Children of God are to shake the dirt off our backs and step up as the world tosses at us what it can! Soon we will walk on the streets of Gold, and we arrived there by overcoming !

Love ya !

'Tart said...

This was wonderful! Thank you Tracy for posting it. Donkeys are sweet, at least they seem so to me - somehow there are plenty of ways to relate to them too. Ah well, I am just rambling.:):) This post is so true.

Have a great day! I just love ya!

Mike Golch said...

It's goodie time again come and get it,and give it to your sister as well.

Tamara (TC) said...

What a beautiful story. I had never heard that one before.

Thanks for sharing.


Hopefulsl said...

I really like this one sis! Thanks for opening my eyes again. I'm so glad that we are sister's CHEERS!!!!
((((HUGS)))) & ((((HUGS))))