A Donkey’s Redemption


courtesy of www.whitehorsestudio.com

courtesy of www.whitehorsestudio.com

I dedicate this to a colleague who is undergoing some difficulties of late.  What would seem to be insurmountable now may one day look like a walk in the park when you look back.  There comes a time to reflect and accept our frailties as human beings.  Humility is key.  Public opinion will tend to break our back but hey in the end it’s your life and remember that redemption is always an option.   May this story inspire you to shake off the dirt and stand up to move on.

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out a way to get him out.  Finally he decided it was probably impossible and the animal was old and the well was dry anyway, so it just wasn’t worth it to try and retrieve the donkey. So the farmer asked his neighbours to come over and help him cover up the well. They all grabbed shovels and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, when the donkey realised what was happening he cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down and let out some happy brays. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well to see what was happening and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was shaking it off and taking a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he continued to shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, to everyone’s amazement, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Moral of the Story:  Life is going to shovel dirt on you. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Every adversity can be turned into a stepping stone. The way to get out of the deepest well is by never giving up but by shaking yourself off and taking a step up.  What happens to you isn’t nearly as important as how you react to it.



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