Story of a Donky
January 31, 2007 9:07pm CST
This one I got in e-mailfrom my friend, and this is a good read. So, I thought to share with you guys. 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 neighbours 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 neighbours 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. Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive. 2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happen. 3. Live simply and appreciate what you have. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less
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• United States
1 Feb 07
believe it or not i follow that 5 simple rules, i am a pretty happy and lay back kind of guy, lol, becuase i got short term memory so i fogot and forgive all the time, i dont worry about much, and i appreciate everything i got i earn and i have, and i always give more to people, caring love and anything i can, and i never expect anything in return, because i know i can earn whatever i give away back easy.
2 Feb 07
Nice story you have there sweetlady10 BUT it is easier said than done. Wait, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that it is impossible to follow the donkey's attitude *grins* or your five simple rules to be happy. Of course everyone can do it-except that life is not always that easy-and when its not easy its hard to do as what you've written. But hey, it is still a good motivation to live on. But my advice is get real with life. 1.Forgive is good, but forgive and forget-as they always say it- is not my option, because once you forget you'll never learn and grow. 2.Worry free? Sure, just make sure you are not too ignorant, it will lead you to your downfall. 3.Simple life? Define simple. Money barely enough for buying food for one day, one week, one month? Come on, whose life is not complicated? Give more expect less... hmm, not everyone is Mother Teresa you know... but I have to agree this world needs more unselfish people...
2 Feb 07
a good fable, and nice moral. however, i wonder if this donky knows the real puepose of his owner. He thinks he his master is saving him. when he comes out from the well. he is so grateful to his master. he will work harder for his master. maybe this can be taken as another interpretation of the moral of the story. ::))
• Sri Lanka
1 Feb 07
This is a wonderful story. I have never heard of it. It will be a wonderful story to tell when someone is depressed or when someone keeps complaining how bad things are. Thanks for sharing this story with everybody. Now I am looking for the opportunity to tell this to somebody.
• United States
1 Feb 07
You shared such true words. I hope we all can take them and live each day the best we can along these idea lines. Wonderful story. Have a fondness for donkeys, they are indeed smart. Makes a wonderful point. Thank you very much for sharing this. Truly words to live by.