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The story of the Donkey that fell into a well

October 20, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments


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, and was astonished at what he saw. With every 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 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 these five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

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  1. Roy Krymis
    December 1, 2009 at 06:33

    Such a wise, beautiful story! Truly inspirational. And the 5 rules for happiness,
    priceless. Gitte, you are so amazing! Thank you for all you do for others.

  2. April 1, 2010 at 04:33

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story! :) like Wayne Dyer says, when we change the way we look at things the things we look at change. So lets all shake ourselves and then step up!!:)

  3. kelvin
    March 6, 2012 at 17:32

    this story has taught me alot,life requires steadfastness,focus and persistent.thumps up to the author.thanks

  4. November 27, 2012 at 18:06

    this came at such a perfect time for me. thank you.

  5. November 27, 2012 at 19:57

    Well, I’m taking a different view on this. Sure, life shovel dirt (manure) on you everyday, no big deal. My take is that the donkey is way too generous and kind. If I were the donkey, I’d have kicked the stupid farmer down the well, then told everyone that if they bury him alive ( for being cruel to animals in the first place) then they would be entitled to all of the farmers belongings he left behind! Even if the farmer escaped, he’d be penniless and the lesson of being an idiot would have been taught.

  6. November 27, 2012 at 20:00

    BTW, whoever left the lid off that well in real should be arrested! And then to take a picture????

  7. Fe
    February 22, 2013 at 00:17

    Well,I think the application of this story depends differently to every individual. It is how you perceive situation and how you deal with it.

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